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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

Open 24 hours
[Ofudasho] 8:00-17:00

Review of Kaguraden

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2019/11/23 Well worth the visit
Even though this event takes place every night at 8pm (700 yen) good to arrive 30 mins early to get a good place to sit on the floor or against the rooms pillar. Parking is plentiful & then its...
Reviewed:2019/09/26 Interesting glimpse into local culture
The Kagura dance performance is staged every night from 8 to 9 pm but you should get there early as tickets are only sold at the door and the performance is highly popular with Japanese visitors...
Reviewed:2018/05/07 Easily the best part of my visit to Takachiho
To be honest, when I first heard about kagura, I wasn’t expecting much...just some slow and boring traditional dance—but I was wrong.
I saw four dances performed, and through them, I could piece...

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Miyazaki Pref. Nishiusukiguntakachihochou Mitai 1037 [map]
Takachiho / NobeokaArea
Open 24 hours
[Ofudasho] 8:00-17:00
open everyday
[Takachiho Kagura] 1,000yen
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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          Miyazaki Areas


          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.