Takachiho offers dynamic and powerful Takachiho Gorge and birthplace of Shinto which is
Japanese indigenouse religion. 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.
A Private car and English speaking driver will meet you at designated place
such as Airport or Hotel and navigate you the Takachiho tour
8:00 Depart Fukuoka-city
Transfer to Takachiho using Kyushu Expressway, 2 hours and 50 minutes
lunch at Takachiho, Somen nagashi
Transfer to Fukuoka-city using Kyushu Expressway
18:00 Arrive at Fukuoka-city
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.
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.
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 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 origin story.