Takachiho One-day Trip
Visiting Mother Nature and mystic spots.

About two and a half hours from Miyazaki City. We headed for a mountain village surrounded by beautiful nature, Takachiho.
It is said to be the first place on earth where “the grandson of Amaterasu (the sun goddess) came down from heaven”. It is one of the most important spiritual sites in Japan.
As well as spiritual spots related to Japanese mythology, you can also enjoy activities in nature.
Lift your spirits with a reasonable lunch using high-quality local beef and a hotel which serves a delicious breakfast.

Breathtaking views of gorges with beautiful contrast between greenery and rock surfaces.

The pyroclastic flows from the volcanic activities of Mt. Aso were cooled and set a long time ago, then eroded by Gokase River. This formed gorges as long as 7 km from east to west. The best view is “Manai Falls”, which drops from 17 m high. It is ranked among the 100 best falls of Japan, and the elegant flow can be observed from the waterfall observation platform on the nearby nature trail.

Takachiho Gorge
Oshioi , Mitai, Takachiho-cho, Nishiusuki-gun, Miyazaki
TEL: 0982-73-1213 (Takachiho Tourist Association)

Unparalleled view from the bottom of Manai Falls.

Rental boat landing place down at the Oshioi parking lot. You can observe the cliffs up close while slowly rowing a boat, feeling like an explorer. While viewing Manai Falls from a distance, you may still feel the spray from the waterfall. Enjoy the full impact of the gorge from the vantage of the river’s surface. You’ll hold your breath with the beauty of these graceful forms crafted by nature.

Takachiho Gorge rental boats
Oshioi, Mitai, Takachiho-cho, Nishiusuki-gun, Miyazaki
TEL: 0982-73-1213 (Takachiho Tourist Association)
Open: 8:30 - 17:00 (Reception till 16:30)
Closed: No holidays (Closed when the river rises)
Charge: 2,000 yen/ 30 minutes

A huge mystical cave which is said to be the place where a myriad of deities of heaven and earth gathered.

About 10 minutes from Nishihongu of Amanoiwato Shrine. A shrine in a large cave in front of the gorge of Iwato River. It is said to be the place in the legend of Amanoiwato, where deities gathered when the sun goddess hid herself in a cave. Countless stones piled up by worship-visitors enhance the mystic atmosphere.

Iwato, Oaza, Takachiho-cho, Nishiusuki-gun, Miyazaki
TEL: 0982-74-8239 (Amanoiwato Shrine)
Open: Visited freely

Terrace seats are the best spot for enjoying the view and gourmet foods.

Enjoy a wide view of the gorges of Iwato River from the terrace seats of this cafe. You can listen to the chattering sound of the river while eating the specialties of the house. A popular dish is Takachiho beef dog (630 yen), a hearty dish of the local brand Takachiho beef hotdog flavored with sugar and soy sauce and served in soft bread.

A hidden cafe of Amaterasu
1082-21, Iwato, Takachiho-cho, Nishiusukii-gun, Miyazaki
TEL: 0982-76-1200
Open: 10:00 - 17:00
Closed: No scheduled holidays

Comfortable inn where you can enjoy a gorgeous breakfast.

A hotel with an impressive facade in the motif of Amanoiwato. It’s a relaxing space where the main attraction is a view of the vastness of nature from your guest room window. You can spend a comfortable time here. In addition to a buffet, rice cooked in a small pot is provided to each person. Hand-made custard pudding is served as dessert.

Hotel Takachiho
1037-4, Mitai, Oaza, Takachiho-cho, Nishiusuki-gun, Miyazaki
TEL: 0982-72-3255
39 rooms Twin 14,000 yen~/ night, 2 persons