Takachiho(高千穂)

Best way to travel Kumamoto-Takachiho (The Spiritual Land)

Takachiho Gorge 高千穂峡

Takachiho Gorge 高千穂峡

Takachiho (高千穂) is in Miyazaki Prefecture in Kyushu. It is popularly known for Takachiho Gorge & Takachiho Shrine. If you are in Kumamoto and planning to visit Takachiho for the same day tour then, here are all the tips you’ll need to know for your first visit to Takachiho from Kumamoto.

How to get in: Public Transport

There are various ways to go to Takachiho from Fukuoka, Kitakyushu… But the best way is from Kumamoto. There is a Bus for Nobeoka(延岡) via Takachiho from Kumamoto.

Express Bus: Time-table

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Kumamoto-Takachiho Bus

If you love to explore the natural beauty while traveling then we personally recommend you to go by Bus. There is a bus i.e. Takachiho-go (高千穂号) which goes to Takachiho from Kumamoto station (熊本駅), Kumamoto Kotsu Center (熊本交通センター) providing a 3 hours journey in the lap of nature.

Bus Route-Stops:

Kumamoto-Takachiho Route and Stops

⇨ Depart from Kumamoto Sta.

⇨ Depart from Kumamoto Koutsu Center

⇨ Depart from Aso Kumamoto Airport 

⇨ Depart from Takamori 

There is a break time @ Takamori (高森) for 15 minutes. It is one of the best villages in Japan. You can relax, buy some sweets and explore the beauty of nature & Mt. Aso. Owl Character in front of Tourist Information More details Click..

Takamori Bus Stop

Takamori Bus Stop

There are JP Bank & Post office building in the front of Takamori bus stand. How cute the designing is! You can send some post-cards from there to your beloved.

JP Bank and Mt. Aso view from Takamori Bus Stand

⇨ Arrived @ Takachiho

Takachiho Bus Center, Taxi Stand

Takachiho Bus Center, Taxi Stand

Bus Fare:

  •  Kumamoto – Takamori: 1,030 Yen / Person
  •  Kumamoto – Takachiho: 2,370 Yen / Person

Sightseeing Spots:

Takachiho is mainly known for Takachiho Gorge, but apart from it there are many hot spots that attract tourists. So, you must visit when you get a chance. Here are the following wonderful spots.

Takachiho Gorge (高千穂):

Takachiho Gorge

Takachiho Gorge

“The Power Spot”, we literally have no word to explain about this amazing place. Nothing is better around Kyushu Prefecture. That scenic beauty was formed by pyroclastic flows during Mt. Aso Volcano’s explosion. Boat is the best way to enjoy the beauty of Takachiho Gorge. There is a rental boat and fee for 1 boat is 2000 Yen for 30 minutes.

Takachiho Gorge Footpath:

Takachiho Gorge Footpath

Takachiho Gorge Footpath

Please don’t forget to stroll down this 1 km long footpath. During excursion, you can feel the nature and its beauty with water & birds chirping around.

Takachiho 3-stage Bridge

Takachiho 3-stage Bridge

While walking on the Takachiho Gorge Footpath, I found an amazing view and shot it. It is known for Takachiho 3-stage Bridge.

Takachiho Shrine (高千穂神社):

Takachiho Shrine

Takachiho Shrine

There are 88 shrines in this area but Takachiho Shrine is the main shrine and deities of all other 88 shrines are believed to be worshiped here. It is widely worshiped for good harvests, life-partner and for ritual purpose. So, you must pray here specially who are single or you can come with your hubby for better livelihood!

There are 2-ways to go there. The simple one is, take a walk from Takachiho Bus Center for just 10-12 minutes.

Way to Takachiho Shrine from Takachiho Gorge Footpath

Way to Takachiho Shrine from Takachiho Gorge Footpath

And, the other way that we personally experienced and would like to recommend you is to take a walk along the above mentioned “Takachiho Gorge Footpath” just 20-22 minutes of beautiful walk. It’s like an adventure mountaineering and exploring this way. Caution: Be careful with your steps and avoid carrying heavy bags.

Amanoiwato Shrine(天岩戸神社):

This historical monument is known for “the sun of goddess” near “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 about opening the rock door. More info Click . If you have time then you must visit here. You may feel spiritually satisfied.

Takachiho City (高千穂町):

Tourist information center and Cycle rental shop

Tourist information center and Cycle rental shop

Takachiho Station

Takachiho Station

Above are some images of Takachiho city, Takachiho station, Cycle rental shop, Tourist information center.

Don’t forget:

  • Takachiho Gorge Boat -ride
  • Stroll around Takachiho Gorge Footpath
  • Test deep-fried chicken

Eat:

Takachiho-no-ie(高千穂の家)

Takachiho-no-ie(高千穂の家)

Takachiho is known for Nagashi Soumen (流しそうめん), Chicken-nanban(チキン南蛮). If you are with kids or in a group, you can go for Nagashi Soumen (流しそうめん). A Very thin boiled wheat noodles are placed in bamboo floating water. This style of eating was originated in Takachiho itself.

Takachiho Gorge View from the balcony of the restaurant

Takachiho Gorge View from the balcony of the restaurant

But, if you are with you hubby and desiring a beautiful Takachiho Gorge View from the balcony of the restaurant while having lunch then, you may go for Chicken-nanban(チキン南蛮). A deep-fried chicken marinated with nanbansu vinegar. The taste is just WOW!

Summary:

If you are in Japan, then you must visit Takachiho “The spiritual home of Japan” at-least once in your life. If you are going for the same day tour for Takachiho, or, you are on business tour and have only few hours but don’t know what to do then we would recommend you to take a ride on rental boat and enjoy the beauty of Takachiho Gorge.

Hope it will help you in traveling from Kumamoto to Takachiho and how to enjoy there! Have a nice journey!

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