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Day 3 Exploring Takachiho

                                                                                  Self-guided Aso & Takachiho 3 days tour



Check-out hotel at Minami-Aso

Exploring Takachiho including the following sites by the use of a chartered taxi

   Takachiho shrine

lunch at Takachiho, Somen nagashi

  Takachiho Gorge

  Takachiho Gorge boat riding

Transfer to JR Kumamoto station by a chartered taxi

Transfer to Fukuoka by Bullet train from JR Kumamoto to Hataka station, 

  38 minutes by Sakura or 28 minutes by Mizuho


Where to explore


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.



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.



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.



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.





 - Takachiho tour