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Legend states when Susanoo, god of storm, terrorized Amaterasu, his sister and sun goddess, she hid in a cave plunging the world into darkness. The cave is called Ama-no-Iwato, the heavenly rock cave, and it exists in a small town in Kyushu called Takachiho. It is located deep in the forest of Miyazaki away from the bright lights of the city and pollution. Take the steps to uncover the mysteries of Shinto’s beloved goddess by visiting Takachiho Shrine and see the kagura dance where they re-enact the legend of Amaterasu and her escape to the cave. The dramatic finale to the story ends with a dance where the cave opens bringing the sun and life to the world. Witness the gorgeous waterfalls and daunting rock formations at Takachiho Gorge.
Come see Takachiho Gorge and learn about the legends of Amaterasu during our line of Spring Southern Japan Tours or Grand Tour Packages through the highlights of Kyushu, Shikoku, and the rest Southern Japan!
Shinto shrine believed to bring good luck for pregnancy, childbirth, and nursing
Interesting rock formations on the island of Aoshima in Miyazaki
Atmosphere of southern resort with mild weather and palm trees
Cave of the Sun Goddess Amaterasu
Sacred ritual reenactments of legends
Terraced rice field sloped for irrigation
Sake storage and brewery in Takachiho
Unique Series of Bridges Set in an Ancient Forest