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Takachiho Travel Guide (高千穂)

 

Takachiho is located in the center of the Kyushu
mountain area where about 40km away from Aso 
and is steeped in Japanese mythology.

It is the supposed site of legend where Amaterasu, 
the Shrine Sun Goddess, disturbed by her brother’s
cruel pranks, hid herself in a cave, prompting the 
other gods and goddesses to try and lure her out.


 

Where to visit 


Takachiho Gorge 

A narrow chasm cut through the rock by the Gokase River. 
The nearly sheer cliffs lining the gorge are made of slow 
forming volcanic basalt columns which resemble the 
scales of a dragon where the stone twisted and flowed 
as it formed.  more

 

Takachiho shrine   

Located just west of the town center, is nestled in a grove 
of tall cedars. During the day the shrine’s nondescript, 
unpainted buildings blend in naturally with the 
surrounding trees. In the evening, you can enjoy the 
Yokagura Dance.  more

 

Amano Iwato shrine 

About ten kilometers outside of central Takachiho
the 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.  more

 

Highlight 

 

Kagura

Kagura is a sacred song and dance for god, and is a Japanese 
word referring to specific type of Shinto theatrical dance with 
roots arguably predating those Noh. A massively shortened 
version of Takachiho Yokagura is performed for tourists every 
night throughout the year at the Takachiho Shrine

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