- Must-Visit Attractions Accessible from Miyazaki Airport -
Takachiho, Land of the Gods
Takachiho is where the Japanese gods are believed to have descended from. Takachiho is the site of one of the most important and well known legends of Japanese mythology.
Takachiho Gorge is a famous attraction of Takachiho. Ancient volcanic activity on the nearby Mount Aso created the columnar basalt cliffs which frame the Takachiho Gorge. The cliffs average 80m in height and continue for over 7km, creating a stunningly refreshing scene.
You rent a boat and approach the famous Manai Falls. The falls are lit up at night during the summer months, which is a spectacular sight.
This setting of Japanese myth is also renowned for its sea of clouds. Your best chances at catching a glimpse of the sea of clouds is early autumn.
Amano Iwato Shrine
This shrine is another site of the best known legends of Japanese mythology. Aman Iwato Shrine, shrouded in a large cave, is believed to have been where many gods gathered in ancient times.
"Yokagura" Night Dances at Takachiho
Kagura is a form of music and dance dedicated to the Shinto gods. Of these dances, the Yokagura dance is performed throughout the night in dedication to the gods. The dances take place from mid November to early February at over 20 private homes in the town and tourists are also welcome to watch. Performances for travelers are also held during other times of the year where they can watch the dances as they enjoy a meal.