Amano Iwato Shrine
Takachiho is a birth place of Japanese indigenouse religion, Shinto
Takachiho is the site of one of the best known legends of Japanese mythology. 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.
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
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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Tel : +81-93-521-8897, Fax : +81-93-521-8898
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