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Takachiho-jinja Shrine高千穂神社


The head shrine of the 88 Shrines of Takachiho Village, it is believed to have been erected around 1900 years ago. The shrine’s principle deities are Takachiho-sumegami and Jisshya-daimyojin and the shrine is believed to answer prayers in particular connected with the agricultural industry, the exorcism of evil, and luck in marriage and love. The shrine’s main building and guardian iron lion-dogs are designated Important Cultural Properties. The shrine is famous for the Yokagura, a ritual involving music and dance dedicated to the gods conducted from mid-November to early February the following year. The Takachiho Kagura, however, a similar dance conducted by performers wearing masks depicting the gods of Japanese myth, is held in the shrine’s kagura hall every night throughout the year at 8 pm; visitors can view this performance by paying a small fee.


Miyazaki Pref. Nishiusukiguntakachihochou Mitai 1037 (Takachiho / NobeokaArea)

phone 0982722413

Precincts Free (Gudasho 8:00-17:00)

Review of Takachiho Shrine

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2018/11/08 Nothing special
You can visit this place as this is on the way to Takachiho Gorge.From Takachiho Bus Center, the road keeps on going down slightly to the shrine and then you need to walk downwards on a long and...
Reviewed:2018/05/10 Lovely shrine, wonderful old trees
Takachiho Shrine, or Ama-no-Iwato-ninja is a place of peace and quiet and contemplation. The Shinto Shrine is honouring the cave where Amaterasu hid. In Japanese mythology, Amaterasu is the Sun...
Reviewed:2018/05/07 Most come for the kagura but the shrine itself is lovely too
The shrine is not large, just a few buildings—but the buildings are lovely. There are some exquisite carved reliefs on the sides of the honden (main shrine building) as well as some sacred trees here...

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Miyazaki Pref. Nishiusukiguntakachihochou Mitai 1037 [ map ]
Takachiho / NobeokaArea
Precincts Free (Gudasho 8:00-17:00)
Grounds freedom
[Takachiho Kagura] 700yen
Parking Lot
Credit Card
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Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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          An unmissable highlight of Kyushu, Miyazaki prefecture satisfies nature lovers with its dramatic gorges cut out of rugged cliffs, leading into waterfalls and beaches of green-blue water popular among surfers. Takachiho Gorge in the north of the prefecture tells a tale of centuries-old Japanese mythology in a fantastic setting, allowing visitors to explore the waters by boat before heading up to the cave at the Awano Iwato Shrine, where the sun goddess was said to have hidden, plunging the world into darkness.

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