Amanoiwato Jinja

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.

Spot details

Miyazaki Prefecture Nishiusuki-gun, Takachiho-cho, amano-iwato 1073-1 map map Map
open everyday
Parking Lot
Available (4 locations, 200 spaces)
Credit Card
Not available
Available(Smoking and non-smoking areas)
Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly
Pet friendly
Yes (No toilets on the approach)

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • Honoring Amasterasu
    5.0 Reviewed : 2019.11.23
    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...
  • Nice Tample with a shoe hike
    5.0 Reviewed : 2019.07.26
    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.
  • Best way to Travel Kumamoto-Takachiho (The Spiritual Land)
    4.0 Reviewed : 2019.01.10
    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. You may...

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