Day 7 Hyuga & Takachiho
Hyuga is a bay city, facing the Hyuga nada Sea. The whole area along Cape Hyuga with its many
exposed rocks is designated as the Nippo-Kaigan Quasi-National Park. Umagase at the top of
Cape Hyuga misaki is a precipitous cliff of pillar-like rock, towering as high as 70m.
Takachiho is located in the center of the Kyushu mountain area where about 40km away from
Aso and is steeped in 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.
Leave Hotel in Miyazaki
Transfer to Hyuga
Transfer to Takachiho
Lunch at Takachiho, Somen nagashi
Stay at Takachiho, Japanese style Hotel, included denner and breakfast
Japanese style kaiseki dinner included local specialty cuisines
Where to explore
Your dream come true here. The Cruz Sea is an area of ocean that appears to have a cross in
it when viewed from an observatory. This cape is known as a ria coast; the “cross shape” was
created by the narrow terrain here being eroded by rivers, resulting in a cross-shaped sea route.
Exciting scenery created by raging wave of Hyuga Sea. The coastline here is a ria coastline,
marked by intricate waterways sandwiched between cliffs. The cliffs here are 70m high and
the waves’ splashing against them is an enchanting sight.
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.
The 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 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.
Japanese indigenous religion, Shinto born here. There is a story of Shinto origin in the Cave
behind of Amano Iwato Shrine, and Amano Yasugawara. About ten kilometers outside of
central Takachiho, Amano Iwato Shrine was built near the Cave where is place of the Shinto
Let’s meet the old days of Japan. The area in the city is designated a National Important
Preservation District for Groups of Historic buildings, and there remain much of the atmosphere
of the 19th century, including buildings of old times, earthen walls, and stone pavements.
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. The
light that filters through, brings with it an air of calm, peaceful reverence.
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.