Takachiho Gorge Full-Day Private Trip with Nationally-Licensed Guide

This value-packed trip with a nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual tour guide is a fantastic and efficient way to explore Takachiho!

Takachiho is known for its Japanese mythology about the creation of Japan. The myths and stories are connected to Takachiho’s majestic nature, and there are still many areas that are believed to be the ones mentioned in the legends. Please imagine lazily cruising through a deep volcanic gorge in a rowboat while a waterfall forms rainbows in the mist around you. You can see the gorge and more nature, culture and history on the Takachiho Course.

Let us know what you would like to experience and we will customize a six-hour tour that’s best for you!

Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary.
Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
* Duration: 6 hours
* Starts: Takachiho-cho, Japan
* Trip Category: Cultural & Theme Tours >> Historical & Heritage Tours




This value-packed trip with a nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual tour guide is a fantastic and efficient way to explore Takachiho!

Takachiho is known for its Japanese mythology about the creation of Japan. The myths and stories are connected to Takachiho’s majestic nature, and there are still many areas that are believed to be the ones mentioned in the legends. Please imagine lazily cruising through a deep volcanic gorge in a rowboat while a waterfall forms rainbows in the mist around you. You can see the gorge and more nature, culture and history on the Takachiho Course.

Let us know what you would like to experience and we will customize a six-hour tour that’s best for you!

Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary.
Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.

Itinerary
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Stop At: Takachiho Gorge, Mitai, Takachiho-cho, Nishiusuki-gun 882-1101 Miyazaki Prefecture

Takachiho Gorge was created when Mount Aso, an active volcano in Kumamoto Prefecture, erupted, and the pyroclastic flow, spreading through the Gokase River, abruptly cooled down. In 1934, it was desginated as a sight of an outstanding beauty (“meisho” in Japanaese), and became one of Japan’s natural monuments, which has resulted in many travelers coming to visit from many countries.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Amano Iwato Shrine, 1073-1 Iwato, Takachiho-cho, Nishiusuki-gun 882-1621 Miyazaki Prefecture

The Japanese Amano-Iwato myth (machine-translated English available) tells a story about the sun goddess Amaterasu Omikami and Susano-o no Mikoto, brother and sister deities, whose relations worsened when Susano-o enraged his sister, making her retreat herself to a cave called Amano-Iwato.

Amano Iwato Shrine was built to honor the Amano-Iwato from the story. You can take a look at the Amano-Iwato goshintai (sacred place) under the guidance of the Shinto priest in charge.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Takachiho Shrine, 1037 Mitai, Takachiho-cho, Nishiusuki-gun 882-1101 Miyazaki Prefecture

The Takachiho Gorge once had over 500 different shrines, and there were 88 shrines that were above all others, known as Takachiho’s 88 Shrines.

Built almost 1900 years ago, Takachiho Shrine represents the main shrine of Takachiho’s 88 Shrines, and its main hall and the pair of iron komainu statues (komainu: lion-dog) are designated as Important Cultural Property in Japan.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Kunimigaoka, Oshikata, Takachiho-cho, Nishiusuki-gun 882-1102 Miyazaki Prefecture

There is an old Shinto legend at Kunimigaoka about Takeiwatatsu no Mikoto, grandson of the first emperor of Japan, Emperor Jinmu. It is said that he stood on this hill and observed Kyushu.

The view from a platform 513 meters high above the sea level is so magnificent that Kunimigaoka was granted a star from Michelin Green Guide Japan (2011).

Duration: 1 hour