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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.  



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.



The narrow chasm cut through

the rock, boat riding experience


Exploring Takachiho Gorge

using the walk-way


Souvenir shops and 



Takachiho Gorge boat riding

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.




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 

Takachiho is a birth place of Japanese indigenouse 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.







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


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