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Takachiho travel guide


Takachiho offers dynamic and powerful 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.



Where to explore 

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.



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


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.





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





General information

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



 - Takachiho tourist attractions, Blog, Kyushu Travel Guide