Takachiho travel guide
Takachiho offers dynamic and beautiful Takachiho Gorge and here is the birthplace of
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. Enjoy the dynamic and beautiful
nature of Takachioho Gorge and find the roots of Japanese culture in the birth place of
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.
The narrow chasm cut through
the rock, boat riding experience
Exploring Takachiho Gorge
using the walk-way
Souvenir shops and
The most recommended activity at Takachiho Gorge is riding the river that flows down the
base of the gorge on a rental boat.The spot you can see waterfalls and the columnar shaped
valley together is rare in the world. Please enjoy this amazing view from the boat.
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 is a birth place of Japanese indigenous 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.
Local cuisine , Somen nagashi
Somen is a kind of noodle which is made by wheat and is usually eaten by dipping style.
Somen nagashi is the way of eating Somen with waterslide traditionally made by bamboo
like as video below. Nagashi means flowing.
Gokase Winery is located near Takachiho, in the beautiful plateau at an altitude of 600m.
All the wines are being made from locally grown grapes. There is the tasting corner, you
can enjoy sample wines. Winery also can be visited.
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.
Location of Takachiho
|Address||Town hall : 13 Mitai, Takachiho-cho, Nishi-usuki-gun, Miyazaki-prefecture|
1 hour and 10 minutes by a vehicle from Aso-city
1 hour and 50 minutes by a vehicle from Kumamoto-city
2 hours and 50 minutes by a vehicle from Nichinan-city
2 hours and 10 minutes by a vehicle from Miyazaki-city
1 hour and 15 minutes by a vehicle from Hyuga-city
|Population||13,600 Population density 50|
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