Takachiho-kyo (Takachiho Gorge), Miyazaki
In a Japanese myth, there is an episode called Tenson-Korin (the sun goddess’s grandson’s descent to earth) which God of the Japanese founding of the country comes down. Ninigi-no-mikoto which was a grandchild of Amaterasu Omikami (the God of the sun) got down out of the world of heaven on the place called Takachiho with five God with the three sacred treasures of the Japanese Imperial Court (mirror, comma-shaped bead, sword).
Takachiho is a town of the place between mountains located in the northern part of the Miyazaki prefecture. As a hometown of the myth in connection with the historical fact of Tenson-Korin, there are historic olds temple, such as the “Ama-no-Iwato-Jinja Shrine” (heavens stone door shrine) and the Takachiho-jinja shrine, and many tourists visit every year.
Takachiho gorge is located in the place which separated a few from the central part in Takachiho-cho town. It is the beautiful gorge which Gokase-gawa river flowing into the Hyuganada sea from the Kyushu Mountains of the water source created.
Because Gokase-gawa river has sharpened a lava plateau made of the volcanic activity of Mount Aso taking a long time from ancient old days, a valley was formed. It was specified as the scenic spot and the natural treasure of the country in 1934 by its beauty.
Since the promenade is maintained along the gorge, it can take a walk looking down on the contrast of the water of Gokase-gawa river which is likely to be sucked in and which shines green, and the rock of violent columnar joint.
Although it is Takachiho gorge which seeing from a promenade can also enjoy, if there is time, please rent a boat and enjoy the scene from the surface of the river.
Since the flow of the river is quiet just like a lake near Takachiho gorge, so you can row a boat slowly and can look up at the canyon of the columnar joint from the surface of the river.
The highlight of Takachiho gorge is Manai-no-taki waterfall of 17 meters of drops to flow into the gorge. It is the beautiful waterfall chosen also as Japan’s Top 100 Waterfalls. You can see the waterfall from the promenade in Takachiho gorge, and it is also possible to approach to near it by a boat. As for the waterfall to look up closely from a boat, cool impression is plentiful. It is such scenery to look at forever.
|Name:||Takachiho-kyo (Takachiho Gorge)|
|Address:||Mitai Oshioi Nishiusukigun Takachihocho, Miyazaki 882-1101 Japan|
|Access:||Nippo-honsen Line “Nobeoka-eki Station” (60 minutes by car)|
|Tel:||(+81)982-73-1213 (Takachiho-cho Town Tourism Association)|