A tour of Takachiho power spots and scenic locations (One night in Miyazaki city)

A tour of Takachiho power spots and scenic locations (One night in Miyazaki city)-1
There are many locations thought to be flowing with mystical energy in Miyazaki that is said to be the home of legends! You can refresh both your mind and body by visiting these spots with a high level of efficiency!

 Power spot: is a phrase commonly used in Japan for spiritual locations that hold a special energy that empowers those who visit.
  • Suggested Time:About a 10-hour
  • Main modes of transportation:Drive・Walk


Eda shrine: Reset

Miyazaki's leading spiritual spot!
Eda shrine: Reset-1
A power spot unique to Miyazaki that is known as a sacred place in Japanese Mythology!  Izanagino-mikoto who appears in the ancient text of Japanese mythology, the Kojiki and Nihonshoki is said to have given birth to the land of Japan. He once tried to retrieve his beloved wife Izanamino-mikoto from the afterlife, but ended up fleeing back to this world because his wife had been turned into a horrible creature. The Misogi lake that can be found along the Eda shrine walk path is a very famous power spot, where Izanagino-mikoto is said to have cleansed himself before venturing into the afterlife.
  • Address 127 Yabo from Awakigahara-cho, Miyazaki City, Miyazaki Prefecture
    Telephone Number 0985-39-3743
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*approx. 2-hour drive from Eda shrine

Amano-iwato shrine/Amano-yasukawara

Pile up stones while imagining the myths of the gods!
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Amano-iwato shrine:
This shrine is where the amano-iwato hiraki, one of the most famous stories from Japanese mythology is said to have taken place. The cave where Amaterasu-oomikami hid from the world is the main object of worship and is represented by the western shrine, where the eastern shrine was built to worship the place where Amaterasu-oomikami lived after emerging from the cave. After paying your respects at the western shrine, take a walk down to the Amano-yasukawara. Head over to the eastern shrine by car and pay your respects there too. There is a sacred water spring at the back of the shrine where you can recharge your spirit and soak up the power of this location. Another power spot at the eastern shrine are the 7 Japanese cedar trees that are joined by their roots. These trees are adorned with a Shimenawa rope that is unique to the Takachiho area and is well worth a visit.

Amano-yasukawara: The place where the gods held their first meeting
The place where all the gods of the land (Yaoyorozu no kami) gathered to discuss how to get Amaterasu-oomikami to leave her hiding place. Walk down the path and walk over the arched bridge that is said to be the entrance into the gods realm. The cave and torii gate that come into view as you walk along this path is a truly spiritual sight.

Lunch: Amano-iwato shrine gate street Konohana

Lunch: Amano-iwato shrine gate street Konohana-1
A coffee shop run by the owner Tomoko-san, who loves Takachiho unconditionally. The fresh coffee and wide selection of food that includes Takachiho beef curry, takana pickles on rice, and roast Takachiho beef served over rice or in a sandwich is sure to satisfy.

*Please confirm opening hours before visiting: https://konohana.cafe/


*approx. 15~20 min drive from Iwato

Aratate shrine: Receive good fortune

Pray for help with love, the arts, traffic safety and education!
Aratate shrine: Receive good fortune-1
A shrine that is often visited by celebrities, Aratate shrine is said to bring good fortune in show business and marriage. This shrine is dedicated to Sarutahikono-mikoto and his wife Amenouzumeno-mikoto who gave directions to Ninigino-mikoto the grandson of the sun goddess upon his descension from the heavens. While walking through the grounds of the shrine, you will see ancient trees called sakagi which are said to grant wishes. One of these trees called Shichi-fukutoku-jyubangi is said to grant 7 wishes to those who hit the tree 7 times. Take your best shot and stock up on good fortune!

*approx. 3 min drive from Aratate shrine

Kushi-furu shrine: The sacred grounds where the grandson of the sun goddess descended from the heavens

Kushi-furu shrine: The sacred grounds where the grandson of the sun goddess descended from the heavens-1
Ninigino-mikoto who is the grandson of Amaterasu-oomikami who appears in the myth of Iwato-hiraki, is said to have descended from the heavens at this location. The shrine was constructed in 1694 to worship the land that he descended upon. The inside of the shrine is adorned with beautiful wood carvings that are based around the teachings of Chinese morality that came from China. The Takamagahara-yohaijyo where it is said the heavens where the gods live were looked upon, can also be found along the walking course. This is a power spot that has an especially solemn atmosphere among the many locations within Takachiho that have ties to history and Japanese mythology.
  • Address 13 Mitai, Takachiho-cho, Nishiusuki-gun, Miyazaki Prefecture
    Telephone Number 0982-73-1212

*approx 5 min drive from Kushi-furu shrine through jinjya-dori (shrine street) also known as route 50

Takachiho shrine: Happiness in marriage and success with love

Go around the Fufu (Married Couple) Cedar three times and you will be blessed with marriage! Visit with that special person!
Takachiho shrine: Happiness in marriage and success with love-1
Among the 88 shrines constructed within Takachiho around 1900 years ago during the era of Emperor Tarunin, Takachiho shrine has gathered many worshipers for its fortune in agriculture, marriage and warding off bad fortune. The sacred tree that sits next to the main shrine is called Meoto-sugi, which are 2 cedar trees that are joined at the base. It is said that couples will be blessed if they walk around the tree three times holding hands. At Takachiho shrine, you can also watch a performance of Yokagura, a short version of Kagura, which is a dedicatory ritual that is performed at each village within the Takachiho area. Performances are held 365 days a year at the Kaguraden within the shrine's grounds.
*The Yakagura performance schedule is subject to change due toCOVID_19. Please Check in-advance with the Takachiho Tourism Association.

About a 10min drive

Amaterasu railway: A short scenic trip

Amaterasu railway: A short scenic trip-1

A short 30 minute 5.1km round trip, where you can enjoy some truly marvelous scenery unique to Takachiho, a town of valleys. The Grand Super Cart, which fits 30 people, has a reinforced tempered glass floor that gives you a view of the train track passing below the carriage and a spectacular view from the highest point of the Takachiho railway bridge (105m tall) looking down into the valley. Take some deep breaths and enjoy the pristine air! The scenery that changes with the seasons is sure to take your breath away. The train departs at set times throughout the day, so make sure to check the schedule before heading to the station.
*Check the schedule here: https://amaterasu-railway.jp/attraction


*approx. 7 min drive from the Amaterasu railway **subject to change depending on the season

Takachiho Gorge: Power charge and reset

A mysteriously beautiful gorge
Takachiho Gorge: Power charge and reset-1

The Takachiho gorge was formed by flowing larva that came flowing out of the Aso Volcano in ancient times. The vertical cliffs that were created from this event, stand over 80m tall and span a length of over 7 kilometers from east to west. There are many interesting things to check out along the walking course with scenic lookouts and notable locations related to Japanese mythology such as Onokoro island, Tsukigata, and Kihachi-no-chikara-ishi. The Manaino falls, which was selected among the top 100 waterfalls in Japan, can be viewed up-close if you rent a rowboat to explore the gorge. This is a very popular activity for tourists who visit the area. A location that is registered as a national natural monument for its scenic beauty, this is a scenic power spot that you shouldn’t miss.
*Please check if the rowboats and car parking area are operational before visiting: https://takachiho-kanko.info/sightseeing/taka_boat.php


About a 120min drive

Dinner and night tour: Explore Nishitachi, Miyazaki City

Savor the food of Miyazaki in Nishitachi - Miyazaki's largest entertainment district
Dinner and night tour: Explore Nishitachi, Miyazaki City-1
Indulge yourself with Miyazaki beef and local delicacies in Miyazaki city! The largest nightlife area in Miyazaki, Nishitachi is packed full of restaurants, izakayas, bars and nightlife spots that are all unique in their own way. Snack bars, a style of bar unique to Japan, is a great place to mingle with the locals over a few drinks after dinner. If you are unsure where you should go, ask the staff at Snack Iriguchi a snack that recommends other snacks. Snack Iriguchi:https://sunakkuadvisor.com/iriguchi/
・Bar hopping tour
Join our bar hopping tour, and local guides who are regulars of Nishitachi will take you to the restaurants and bars they recommend! A tour where you can mingle with the friendly regulars on Nishitachi, while enjoying delicious food and alcohol.
*Bar hopping tour: Our local cast will guide you through the world of Nishitachi.




Stay in the area around Miyazaki Station and the area around Nishitachi!
We recommend you stay in the area around Miyazaki Station where transportation is convenient and the area around the Nishitachi which is the largest entertainment district in Miyazaki.


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