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Takachiho Gorge

Takachiho's magnificent gorge, with its waterfall, overhanging rocks and sheer walls, was formed over 120,000 years ago by a double volcanic eruption. There's a 1km-long nature trail above the gorge. Alternatively, …
Dance in Takachiho


Night-time kagura (sacred dance) performances.
Shinto Shrine in Takachiho


One of Shintō's loveliest shrines honours the cave where the goddess Amaterasu hid. The cave itself is off-limits, but Nishi Hongū (the shrine's main building) sits right across the Iwato-gawa (Iwato River). If you'…
Noodles in Takachiho


At the base of the gorge (though, sadly, with no water views), this simple building serves nagashi-sōmen (flowing noodles; ¥500) – have fun catching tasty noodles with your chopsticks as they float by in halved bamb…
Market in Takachiho

Gamadase Ichiba

Operated by the local agricultural collaborative, this facility has markets for local produce and the Nagomi (和) restaurant for local beef set menus. Be sure to say 'hi' to the full-size replicas of beloved now-depa…
Shinto Shrine in Takachiho


About 10 minutes' walk from the bus centre, Takachiho-jinja is dramatically set in a grove of Cryptomeria pines, including one that's over 800 years old. Some of the buildings here look like they could almost be the…