Takachiho-jinja, about 10 minutes' walk from the bus centre, is dramatically set in a grove of cryptomeria pines, including one that's...
View Takachiho-kyō up close from a rowboat, though during high season it can be as busy as rush hour. In season, rowers will be mobbed...
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're with 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.