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Saito

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Historic Sites · History Museums · Parks
Saito is a city located in Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan.As of October 2016, the city has an estimated population of 30,324 and a population density of 69 persons per km². The total area is 438.56 km².The agricultural products of Saito include green peppers, cucumbers and sweet corn. And the Saito is famous for its eel from Hokita and the Saito Baru Burial Mounds.GeographySaito is the 5th largest city in the Miyazaki prefecture. 70% of the city is mountainous, and a river cuts through the city from northwest to southeast. Many other smaller streams cut through the valleys in Saito. Much of the city is covered by mountains and forest (approximately 80%). It is bordered by Kijo Town, Takanabe Town, Shintomi Town in the East and Sadowara Town and Kunitomi Town in the South, and Nango Village and Shiba (椎葉) Village in the north. Mountains: Higuchi Yama (樋口山), Soubugaku (掃部岳)Rivers: Hitotsuse Gawa (一ツ瀬川), Sakura Kawa (桜川)Lakes and Marshes: Komeryoujinzouko (米良人造湖), Chigokeike (稚児ケ池)Dams: Hitotsuse Dam(一ツ瀬ダム)MythologyThe Kojiki is an ancient manuscript which tells many creation and origin stories which attribute to different traditions and in Saito.The myth of the all night Kagura dance in Shiromi goes thus: When Amatsuhiko-Hiko-Hononinigi-no-Mikoto (Hononinigi) descended from heaven onto the peak of Mt. Takachiho in a place called Himuka of Tsukushi, with him came many servants and gifts received from the sun god Amaterasu, among the gifts were a sickle, a sword and a mirror.
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