Top things to do in Takachiho

Top Choice Shinto Shrine in Takachiho

Ama-no-Iwato-jinja

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). Ask a s…
Top Choice Gorge in Takachiho

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, …
Top Choice Steak in Takachiho

Nagomi

Operated by the local agricultural collaborative, this large, spotless, rustic-modern restaurant offers set menus featuring award-winning Takachiho beef. Be sure to say 'hi' to the full-size statues of beloved, now-…
Shinto Shrine in Takachiho

Takachiho-jinja

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 as though they could almost b…
Dance in Takachiho

Yokagura

Designated an important intangible folk property of Japan, these nighttime kagura (sacred dance) performances are held in the Kagura-den (Kagura Hall) at Takachiho-jinja. Reception opens at 7pm; it's cash only, and …
Noodles in Takachiho

Chiho-no-ie

At the base of the gorge (though, sadly, with no water views), this simple building serves nagashi-sōmen (flowing noodles) – have fun catching them with your chopsticks as they whoosh by in spring water through shaf…
Cafe in Takachiho

Takachihoya

A sweet new cafe with decorative homages to Takachiho-jinja, this place does breakfasts, and lunches such as curry rice (even a vegan version!) and gyūdon (beef over a rice bowl) made with local beef. Another favour…