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Amanoiwato Jinja (天岩戸神社)

This Shinto shrine is dedicated to the myth of Ama-no-Iwato, the cave to be where the sun goddess Amaterasu once hid herself from the world according to the Kojiki, the oldest existing chronicle of Japan. The shrine’s western and eastern main shrine buildings are dedicated to Amaterasu and straddle the Iwato River. After requesting to do so at the shrine office in the western shrine building, visitors can be purified and are then allowed to worship directly before the Ama-no-Iwato cave. In addition, the river bed (Amano-yasugawara) and cave where the innumerable gods and goddesses gathered and discussed what to do after Amaterasu went into hiding, is a 10-minute walk from the Western shrine building along the Iwato River.

place

Miyazaki Prefecture Nishiusuki-gun, Takachiho-cho, amano-iwato 1073-1 (Takachiho / NobeokaArea)

phone 0982748239
place

8:30-17:00

Review of Amano Iwato Shrine

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Reviewed:2019/11/23 Honoring Amasterasu
This simple shrine honors the sun goddess, Amasterasu & the cave she hides in during the winter months. In each shrine is a beautiful silver-blue disc representing her power. Every 30 minutes, one of...
Reviewed:2019/07/26 Nice Tample with a shoe hike
Nice Tample with a shoe hike that takes you to a cave at the bottom of the gorge.
The water is ice cold so we enjoyed a toes-deep.

The routers is about 3/4-1 km down an up.
Reviewed:2019/01/10 Best way to Travel Kumamoto-Takachiho (The Spiritual Land)
The historical monuments know for “the sun of goddess” nearby “holy rock cave”. It said to be the place where the 8,000,000 gods (八百万神:やおよろずのかみ)gathered to discuss opening the rock door.
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Address
Miyazaki Prefecture Nishiusuki-gun, Takachiho-cho, amano-iwato 1073-1 [map]
Area
Takachiho / NobeokaArea
Phone
0982748239
Hours
8:30-17:00
Closed
open everyday
Fees
[Admission fee to worship]
Free

[Amanoiwato Chokokan]
[Adult] 100yen
[Children] 50yen
Parking Lot
Available (200 spaces in 4 locations)
Credit Card
Not available
Smoking
Others (Separate areas for smoking and non-smoking)
Wi-Fi
Available
Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Yes
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Available
Infant friendly
Available
Pet friendly
Yes (no toilets on the approach)

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.