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 Japanese mythology.
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.
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.
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
|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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