Takachiho-jinja, about 10 minutes' walk from the bus centre, is dramatically set in a grove of cryptomeria pines, including one that's...
Takachiho's magnificent gorge, with its waterfall, overhanging rocks and sheer walls, was formed over 120,000 years ago by a double...
Operated by the local agricultural collaborative, this facility has markets for local produce and the Nagomi (和) restaurant for local...
1073-1 Iwato · interesting places nearby
One of Shintō's loveliest shrines honours the cave where Amaterasu hid. The cave itself is off-limits, but Nishi Hongū (the shrine's main building) sits right across the river Iwato-gawa. If you have a Japanese speaker, ask a staff member to show you the viewpoint behind the honden (main hall). Buses leave approximately hourly (¥300, 20 minutes) from Takachihō's Miyakō bus centre.
A seven-minute walk beside a picturesque stream takes you to Ama-no-Yasukawara , a deep cave where tradition says that thousands of other deities discussed how to lure Amaterasu from the cave. Modern-day visitors have left innumerable stacks of stones in tribute, imparting a sort of Indy Jones feeling.