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Amano Iwato Shrine



Takachiho is a birth place of Japanese indigenouse religion, Shinto.

There is a story of Shinto origin in the Cave behind of Amano Iwato Shrine, and

Amano Yasugawara.


In the story, Amaterasu, the Shito sun goddess, became so outraged by her brother’s

cruel pranks that she hid herself in a cave, refusing to come out and depriving the world

of her life-giving light.


All of the other gods and goddesses gathered to lure her out. They tried everything they

could think of to no avail until one goddess performed an outrageously ribald dance that

caused the other gods to roar with laughter.

Amaterasu left the cave to see what all the fun was about, and in doing so she returned 

her light to the world.



Amano Iwato Shrine

About ten kilometers outside of central Takachiho, Amano Iwato Shrine was built near

the Cave where Amaterasu is said to have hid herself away.


The cave cannot be approached, however, there is an observation deck behind the

shrine’s main building from where you can gaze across the river. 

In order to access the observation deck, you need to inquire at the shrine entrance, 

and a priest will give you a quick guided tour.



Amano Yasukawara

A short walk down the road from Amano Iwato Shrine is a path that leads down to the
river below. After a few minutes on this path you will see neat little piles of stones
stacked along the river by previous visitors to mark their pilgrimage to this “power spot”.
arther along, the stacks become more numerous until you are surrounded by literally
thousands of them as far as you can see. Eventually the path leads to a simple shrine
inside a cave known as Amano Yasugawara

This is said to be the cave where the gods and goddesses met to discuss their strategy

of luring Amaterasu out of hiding. The natural beauty of the cave and river lined by

countless stacks of stones make Amano Yasukawara a place not to miss. 



 Location of Takachiho





General information  


1073-1 Amano-iwato, Takachiho-cho, Nishi-Usuki-gun, Miyazaki-prefecture


120 minutes by a vehicle from Kumamoto IC

150 minutes by a vehicle from Oita IC

150 minutes by a vehicle from Miyazaki


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