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Lovely shrine, wonderful old trees

Takachiho Shrine, or Ama-no-Iwato-ninja is a place of peace and quiet and contemplation. The... read more

Reviewed 10 May 2018
Tanja S
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Most come for the kagura but the shrine itself is lovely too

The shrine is not large, just a few buildings—but the buildings are lovely. There are some... read more

Reviewed 7 May 2018
Marie H
Tokyo, Japan
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1037 Mitai, Takachiho-cho, Nishiusuki-gun 882-1101, Miyazaki Prefecture
+81 982-72-2413
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You can visit this place as this is on the way to Takachiho Gorge.From Takachiho Bus Center, the road keeps on going down slightly to the shrine and then you need to walk downwards on a long and winding road to reach the gorge(30 minutes...More

Thank Keizo
Reviewed 10 May 2018

Takachiho Shrine, or Ama-no-Iwato-ninja is a place of peace and quiet and contemplation. The Shinto Shrine is honouring the cave where Amaterasu hid. In Japanese mythology, Amaterasu is the Sun Goddess and the most sacred of all Shinto deities. Amaterasu, in fury and grief because...More

Thank Tanja S
Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

The shrine is not large, just a few buildings—but the buildings are lovely. There are some exquisite carved reliefs on the sides of the honden (main shrine building) as well as some sacred trees here and there. If you come at 7 in the evening...More

1  Thank Marie H
Reviewed 31 March 2018

We walked around the gorge via the trail, and hiked for some steps to reach the Takachiho Shrine. The place was tranquil. There was a big tree with a myth that walking around it three times would bring you good marriage. Otherwise not very special...More

Thank Foodblog C
Reviewed 25 December 2017

The shrine is surrounded by many tall old trees and the area is very quiet which made you feel very serene and peaceful. It's a small shrine but it's still worthwhile for a stop and on a nice day, I highly recommend taking a hike...More

Thank jubu1
Reviewed 19 December 2017 via mobile

The old trees around the shrine give it a very serene feel to the area. Late autumn to early winter session, is a good walk with the family, just to have some inner peace.

Thank AileenChua
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

Just went to the hour long dance. It was interesting for first 2 minutes and then really boring. I think the Japanese found it ok for a bit however and may like it but for westerners it was really long and not worth your time.

Thank David G
Reviewed 17 August 2017

There is performance called" Okagura". at Shrine during evening. The performance use to have only certain month but they perform every night now. So you have dinner at hotel and there is free transfer from hotel to shrine and back. It's really interesting to see...More

Thank 333mayumiy
Reviewed 24 April 2017

The shrine is in the middle of a grove of ancient trees, and the stairs up from the road are shrouded in shade - making the guardian statues all the more menacing. There isn't a lot here - the shrine, a couple of buildings, and...More

Thank Viking_in_Oz
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

Was a nicely presented/kept shrine with many noteworthy aspects. No English documentation unfortunately but worth seeing if in the area.

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