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Takachiho Gorge

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Hop in a rental boat for a close-up view of a waterfall

Miyazaki Prefecture




Takachiho Gorge is located in the north of Miyazaki Prefecture in Kyushu, on the borders of neighboring Kumamoto and Oita. This beautiful sight was formed long ago by an eruption of Mt. Aso, a nearby volcano.


The gorge is 100 meter deep, running 7 kilometers east to west. In the heat of summer, the lush green scenery will help you cool off, and in autumn the area is blanketed in beautiful bronze and crimson leaves – it’s a great place to visit any time of year.


Make sure to rent a boat – the sight of the sheer 80-100 meter high cliff walls from below are awe-inspiring.


The real pleasure of seeing the gorge by boat, however, is that you can get up close to the 17 meter high Manai waterfall. Some adorable local ducks might also join you for a trip along the river!


Takachiho is also famous as the setting for legends of Shinto mythology about the origins of Japan, and there are many places of religious and spiritual importance in the area, referred to as ‘power spots’ in Japanese, that draw a lot of people.


How to get there


10 minutes from Takachiho Bus Center by car or 2 hours 10 minutes from Miyazaki Airport by car.



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