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Kyushu Travel Guide

Amano Iwato Shrine

 

Amano Iwato Shrine 

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.

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.

 

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”. Farther 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 Yasukawara

 

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  

 

Address

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

Access

120 minutes by a vehicle from Kumamoto IC

150 minutes by a vehicle from Oita IC

150 minutes by a vehicle from Miyazaki


 

Featured tours  

Miyazaki-prefecture  & Kumamoto-prefecture  

・ Kumamoto, Aso and Takachiho 3 days tour

Aso and Takachiho / Dynamic nature 2 days tour    

・ Takachiho one-day tour

Amakusa / UNESCO Hidden Christian sites 2 days tour

Kyushu Round tours

・ 11 days Kyushu tour

・ 8 days Northern & Central Kyushu tour

・ 8 days Southern Kyushu tour

・ 6 days North-West Kyushu tour

・ 7 days Central Kyushu tour

・ 6 days North-Eest Kyushu tour

 


 

 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

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You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897,  Fax :  +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

Takachiho shrine

 

Located just west of the town center, is nestled in a grove of tall cedarsDuring the day the shrine’s 

nondescript, unpainted buildings blend in naturally with the surrounding treesThe light that filters through,

brings with it an air of calm, peaceful reverence.

Today this legend is reenacted as Yokagura in a series of 33 episodes depicting the divine quarrel as

well as other deeds of the gods.  On winter weekends, people gather to watch all-night performances of

these episodes at different locations each week, sometimes at private homes

The performances are held on Saturday evenings from mid November to mid February.


 

Kagura

A massively shortened version of Takachiho Yokagura is performed for tourists every night throughout

the year at the Takachiho Shrine. The one-hour show consists of just a few scenes of the story,

performed by masked dancers and accompanied by traditional instrument. It is held at the Yokagura

performance hall, just a few steps from the shrine’s main building.


 

 Location of Takachiho

       

 


 

 General information  

 

Address

1037 Mitai, Takachiho-cho, Nishi-Usuki-gun, Miyazaki-prefecture

Access

100 minutes by a vehicle from Kumamoto IC

130 minutes by a vehicle from Oita IC

130 minutes by a vehicle from Miyazaki


 

Featured tours

Miyazaki-prefecture  & Kumamoto-prefecture  

・ Kumamoto, Aso and Takachiho 3 days tour

Aso and Takachiho / Dynamic nature 2 days tour    

・ Takachiho one-day tour

Amakusa / UNESCO Hidden Christian sites 2 days tour

Kyushu Round tours

・ 11 days Kyushu tour

・ 8 days Northern & Central Kyushu tour

・ 8 days Southern Kyushu tour

・ 6 days North-West Kyushu tour

・ 7 days Central Kyushu tour

・ 6 days North-Eest Kyushu tour

 


 

 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

 Enquiry Form 

 

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897, Fax : +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

Takachiho one-day tour

 

Takachiho offers dynamic and beautiful Takachiho Gorge and

here is the birthplace of Japanese mythology

Takachiho is located almost center of Kyushu, in the northernmost part of Miyazaki-prefecture,

bordering Aso , Kumamoto-prefecture.

The Gokase River formed Takachioho Gorge flows from the west to the southeast part of town.

 

In this tour, you can enjoy the dynamic and beautiful nature of Takachioho Gorge

and find the roots of Japanese culture in the birth place of Japanese mythology.  

 


 

 Location of Takachiho

     

 


 

Tour conditions

The tour is the private tour exclusively for your group.

・Minimum number : 4 person

・Maxum number : 30 person

・Start and end of the tour is Fukuoka-city, please specify the place where you want

・Tour date : please specify the date

・English, Chinese or Korean speaking guide is accompanied

・Chartered vehicle is utilized such as a taxi or bus as per number of person

    if you use a taxi, a foreign language (English, Chainese or Korean ) speaking driver

    can be arranged. 

 


 

Itinerary  

8:00 Depart Fukuoka-city

Transfer to Takachiho using Kyushu Expressway, 2 hours and 50 minutes 

 Visit  Takachiho shrine 

 lunch at Takachiho

 Explore Takachiho Gorge

 Visit Amano Iwato shrine

Transfer to Fukuoka-cuty using Kyushu Expressway

18:00 Arrive at Fukuoka-city

 


 

Where to Explore

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


 

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.

 


 

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.


 

Featured tours

Kumamoto-prefecture & Miyazaki-prefecture tours

・ Kumamoto, Aso and Takachiho 3 days tour

Aso and Takachiho / Dynamic Nature 2 days tour    

・ Takachiho one-day tour

Amakusa / UNESCO Hidden Christian sites 2 days tour

Kyushu Round tours

・ 11 days Kyushu tour

・ 8 days Northern & Central Kyushu tour

・ 8 days Southern Kyushu tour

・ 6 days North-West Kyushu tour

・ 7 days Central Kyushu tour

・ 6 days North-Eest Kyushu tour

 

 


 

 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

 Enquiry Form 

 

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897 , Fax :  +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

Takachiho Gorge

 

The 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. There are two perspectives from

which to enjoy the gorge. The first is from below which is done by rowing down the river. Rental boats are

available at the south end of the gorge, and the water is calm and easy to navigate. 

There are two perspectives from which to enjoy the gorge. The first is from below which is done by

rowing down the river. Rental boats are available at the south end of the gorge, and the water is calm

and easy to navigate.  This highly recommended route offers a close up view of the cliffs and waterfall. 

 

Exploring Takachiho Gorge


 

 Location of Takachiho

       

 


 

 General information  

 

Address

Mitai-oshioi, Takachiho-cho, Nishi-Usuki-gun, Miyazaki-prefecture

Access

100 minutes by a vehicle from Kumamoto IC

130 minutes by a vehicle from Oita IC

130 minutes by a vehicle from Miyazaki


 

Featured tours

Miyazaki-prefecture  & Kumamoto-prefecture  

・ Kumamoto, Aso and Takachiho 3 days tour

Aso and Takachiho / Dynamic nature 2 days tour    

 Takachiho one-day tour

Amakusa / UNESCO Hidden Christian sites 2 days tour

Kyushu Round tours

・ 11 days Kyushu tour

・ 8 days Northern & Central Kyushu tour

・ 8 days Southern Kyushu tour

・ 6 days North-West Kyushu tour

・ 7 days Central Kyushu tour

・ 6 days North-Eest Kyushu tour

 


 

 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

 Enquiry Form 

 

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897, Fax : +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

Mount Aso

 

The largest active volcano in Japan

Its peak is 1592 m above sea level. Its caldera is 25 km across north to south and 18 km across east to west.

The caldera has a circumference of around 120 km, although sources vary on the exact distance.

The central cone group of Aso consists of five mountains: Mt.Naka, Mt.Neko, Mt.Taka, Mt. Eboshi, and

Mt.Kishima.  Last major eruption of Mt. Naka was in 1993.

 


 

Exploring Munt Aso

        To the Ropeway station

              Ropeway station

     To the Crater of Naka-dake


 

                  Around Crater 

                  Around Crater 

                  Shrine on top


 

 

         Look down the Crater

                      Crater

                      Crater


 

            West side of Crater

          Central area of Crater

             East side of Crater


 

 Location of Aso 

   

 


 

 General information  

 

Address Aso-city, Aso-gun Takamoricho and Minami-Aso Village
Access

30 minutes by a vehicle from JR Miyaji Station

80 minutes by a vehicle from Kumamoto-city

60 minutes by a vehicle from Takachiho

2 hours and 10 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

2 hours and 50 minutes by a vehicle from Kitakyushu-city


 

Featured tours  

Kumamoto-prefecture   &   Miyazaki-prefecture 

・ Kumamoto, Aso and Takachiho 3 days tour

Aso and Takachiho / Dynamic nature 2 days tour    

・ Takachiho one-day tour

Amakusa / UNESCO Hidden Christian sites 2 days tour

Kyushu Round tours

・ 11 days Kyushu tour

・ 8 days Northern & Central Kyushu tour

・ 8 days Southern Kyushu tour

・ 6 days North-West Kyushu tour

・ 7 days Central Kyushu tour

・ 6 days North-Eest Kyushu tour

 


 

 Contact us   

 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

 Enquiry Form 

 

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897 , Fax :  +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

Daikanbo

 

The perfect spot view the five peak of Mount Aso 

Daikanbo is a Mecca for tourists visiting Aso, Daikanbo literally means a big observatory peak.

The circumference of the Aso caldera is about 130 kilometers. From the observation site, you can

clearly see its conical shape. Early in the morning, the clouds had spread out below us, and hung

over the caldera as if they were a large sea.

 Over view from Daikanbo

 At the top

 Observatory place 
View from the top View from the top View from the top
View from the top Aso Caldera map
Access to Daikanbo
Burning of the grassland Burning of the grassland  Burning of the grassland 
 

 

 Location of Aso 

   

 


 

 General information  

 

Address Yamada, Aso-city, Kumamoto-prefecture
Access

25 minutes by a vehicle from JR Miyaji Station

80 minutes by a vehicle from Kumamoto-city

90 minutes by a vehicle from Takachiho

130 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city


 

Featured tours  

Kumamoto-prefecture   &   Miyazaki-prefecture 

・ Kumamoto, Aso and Takachiho 3 days tour

Aso and Takachiho / Dynamic nature 2 days tour    

・ Takachiho one-day tour

Amakusa / UNESCO Hidden Christian sites 2 days tour

Kyushu Round tours

・ 11 days Kyushu tour

・ 8 days Northern & Central Kyushu tour

・ 8 days Southern Kyushu tour

・ 6 days North-West Kyushu tour

・ 7 days Central Kyushu tour

・ 6 days North-Eest Kyushu tour

 


 

 Contact us   

 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

 Enquiry Form 

 

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897, Fax :  +81-93-521-8898

Address : AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

Takamori Dengaku-no sato / Featured restaurant in Aso

 

Enjoy Aso beef and local cuisines  

The restaurant uses the old private house with thatched roof built more than 200 years ago.

Aso beef and local cuisines in Aso can be enjoyed.

Bake the meat and local ingredients with charcoal at a Japanese traditional style fire place.


 

 Location of Aso 

   

 


 

 General information  

 

Address 2685-2 Oaza-Takamori,  Takamori-machi, Aso-gun, Kumamoto-city
Access

35 minutes by a vehicle from Aso-city

70 minutes by a vehicle from Kumamoto-city

40 minutes by a vehicle from Takachiho

2 hours and 10 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

2 hours and 50 minutes by a vehicle from Kitakyushu-city

Open hours

10:00 to 20:30

Days closed No closing day

 

Featured tours  

Kumamoto-prefecture   &   Miyazaki-prefecture 

・ Kumamoto, Aso and Takachiho 3 days tour

Aso and Takachiho / Dynamic nature 2 days tour    

・ Takachiho one-day tour

Amakusa / UNESCO Hidden Christian sites 2 days tour

Kyushu Round tours

・ 11 days Kyushu tour

・ 8 days Northern & Central Kyushu tour

・ 8 days Southern Kyushu tour

・ 6 days North-West Kyushu tour

・ 7 days Central Kyushu tour

・ 6 days North-Eest Kyushu tour

 


 

 Contact us  

 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

 Enquiry Form 

 

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897 , Fax :  +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

Kusasenri-ga-hama

 

The beautiful prairie of 785,000 square meter in the crater 

Spreads in northern part of Mt. Eboshi that is one of the Aso Five Mountains.

A big pond at its center and grazing horses round about make an idyllic scene.

Visitors can enjoy the various seasons from its vivid green summer to the fantastic silvery winter,

as well as riding horses and strolling around throughout the year.


 

 Location of Aso 

   

 


 

 General information  

 

Address Nagakusa, Aso-city, Kumamoto-prefecture
Access

20 minutes by a vehicle from JR Miyaji Station

70 minutes by a vehicle from Kumamoto-city

60 minutes by a vehicle from Takachiho

2 hours and 10 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

2 hours and 50 minutes by a vehicle from Kitakyushu-city


 

Featured tours  

Kumamoto-prefecture   &   Miyazaki-prefecture 

・ Kumamoto, Aso and Takachiho 3 days tour

Aso and Takachiho / Dynamic nature 2 days tour    

・ Takachiho one-day tour

Amakusa / UNESCO Hidden Christian sites 2 days tour

Kyushu Round tours

・ 11 days Kyushu tour

・ 8 days Northern & Central Kyushu tour

・ 8 days Southern Kyushu tour

・ 6 days North-West Kyushu tour

・ 7 days Central Kyushu tour

・ 6 days North-Eest Kyushu tour

 


 

 Contact us   

 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

 Enquiry Form 

 

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897 , Fax :  +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

Nabegataki Watarfalls

 

Nabegataki Waterfall is a hidden tourist spot in Kumamoto prefecture, located just outside

Oguni town in Aso region. One of the area’s more well-known waterfalls. Looking like a mini-Niagara.

It is very unique waterfalls, you can actually climb behind the falls to see how the water has

carved out the rock over the year.


 

 Location of Aso 

   

 


 

 General information  

 

Address Kurobuchi, Oguni-cho, Aso-gun, Kumamoto-prefecture
Access

1 hour from JR Aso Station by a vehicle

Open hours 9:00 to 17:00
Admission fee JPY 300
Days closed December 28 to January 3

 

Featured tours

Kumamoto-prefecture   &   Miyazaki-prefecture 

 Kumamoto, Aso and Takachiho 3 days tour

Aso and Takachiho / Dynamic nature 2 days tour    

・ Takachiho one-day tour

Amakusa / UNESCO Hidden Christian sites 2 days tour

Kyushu Round tours

・ 11 days Kyushu tour

・ 8 days Northern & Central Kyushu tour

・ 8 days Southern Kyushu tour

・ 6 days North-West Kyushu tour

・ 7 days Central Kyushu tour

・ 6 days North-Eest Kyushu tour

 


 

 Contact us   

 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

 Enquiry Form 

 

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897 , Fax :  +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

Kikuchi Valley

 

Enjoy short trekking in the Nature

Kikuchi Valley is located in Aso Kuju National Park. Underground water flows out of the subsoil for

4km along the valley floor.

It is also called the Kikuchi water source and its water was selected as one of the 100 best waters in Japan.

There are two routes to follow: a 30 minute and a 60 minute loop along the river bank and back down the

other side.

Kikuchi Valley is an ideal place for a summer resort. Also it has a walking trail, forest park and wild bird park, etc.

Since over 50 kinds of wild birds are living in the valley, many people visit for bird watching.


 

 Location of Aso 

   

 


 

 General information  

 

Address Ichihara, Kikuchi-city, Kumamoto-prefecture
Access

40 minutes by a vehicle from Aso-city

60 minutes by a vehicle from Kumamoto-city

1 hour and 40 minutes by a vehicle from Takachiho

1 hours and 50 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

2 hours and 30 minutes by a vehicle from Kitakyushu-city

Open hours 8:30 to 17:00
Admission fee JPY 100
Days closed No closing days

 

Featured tours

Kumamoto-prefecture   &   Miyazaki-prefecture 

・ Kumamoto, Aso and Takachiho 3 days tour

Aso and Takachiho / Dynamic nature 2 days tour    

・ Takachiho one-day tour

Amakusa / UNESCO Hidden Christian sites 2 days tour

Kyushu Round tours

・ 11 days Kyushu tour

・ 8 days Northern & Central Kyushu tour

・ 8 days Southern Kyushu tour

・ 6 days North-West Kyushu tour

・ 7 days Central Kyushu tour

・ 6 days North-Eest Kyushu tour

 


 

 Contact us   

 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

 

 Enquiry Form 

 

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897, Fax :  +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture