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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.


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

phone 0982748239


Review of Amano Iwato Shrine

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2018/11/27 Beautiful!
Easy to get to by car or bus and part of Miyazaki's Mythical Road. The shrine is tucked away and sits next to a giant tree- which was losing its yellow leaves when I visited, would recommend a trip...
Reviewed:2018/06/23 IS an Incredible Experience
One of the more important and powerfull hotspot for shinto religion and the japan itself. you can fell inside you a strange power and if you can visit the Amaterasu cave will be sasmething amazin...
Reviewed:2018/05/07 If you want to see the cave where Amaterasu was hiding, be sure to inquire
The shrine is pretty, but the main reason people visit is to get a glimpse of the cave where Amaterasu, the Shinto goddess of the sun, supposedly holed herself in after her brother, the storm god...

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Miyazaki Prefecture Nishiusuki-gun, Takachiho-cho, amano-iwato 1073-1 [ map ]
Takachiho / NobeokaArea
open everyday

[Amaniwato Chokokan]
[Adult] 100yen
[Children] 50yen
Parking Lot
Available 200 spaces at 4 locations
Credit Card
Not available
Others (Separate areas for smoking and non-smoking)
Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly
Pet friendly
Yes (Toilet ban on approach)

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          Miyazaki Main 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.

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