Best way to travel Kumamoto – Takachiho

Takachiho - City of Spiritual

Takachiho (高千穂) a divine place in the land of Miyazaki Prefecture in Kyushu. This scenic beauty was formed by pyroclastic flows during Mt. Aso Volcano explosion. 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.



Japanese Meal

Deep-fried Chicken

Amaterasu Train

Express Bus

How to get in: Public Transport

Takachiho-go Bus

There are various ways to go to Takachiho from Fukuoka, Kitakyushu, and other places, but the best way is from Kumamoto. There is a Takachiho-go Express Bus bound for Kumamoto-Takachiho-Nobeoka.

Bus: Time-table

A divine place in the Land of the Rising Sun. Best way to travel from Kumamoto by Takachiho-go. There are 2-round-way Express Bus (everyday). Takachiho-go Bus is based on advance reservation and it is very popular route among foreigners. So, if you are planning to visit Kumamoto-Takachiho, we will advise you to make an advance reservation

Bus Route-Stops :

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. Takamori Blog

  • Depart from Kumamoto Sta. 
  • Depart from Kumamoto Sakuramachi BT 
  • Depart from Aso Kumamoto Airport
  • Depart from Takamori
  • Arrive at Takachiho

Bus Fare:

  • Kumamoto – Takamori : 1030 Yen / Person
  • Kumamoto – Takachiho : 2410 Yen / Person

List of best 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:

“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:

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 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 better livelihood! There are huge long trees from last more than 100 years. 

Takachiho Shrine

There are 2-ways to go there. Take a walk from Takachiho Bus Center for just 10-12 minutes. 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.

Takachiho Shrine Happy Life

Takachiho Amaterasu Train:

Enjoy 30 mins incredible view from 105 meter high by Takachiho Amaterasu Train. This is the 2nd most recommendable thigs to do in Takachiho. The drive brief about the place as well train during train journey time. The train stops in the middle of the bridge for 5 mins to stand and shoot some memories.

It is around 10 min walking distance from the Takachiho Bus Center The fare is 1500 Yen/adult.  More details Click..

Amanoiwato Shrine:

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. If you have time then you must visit here. You may feel spiritually satisfied. More info CLICK..

Amanoiwato Shrine

General Information:

There is some other important information that will help you when you visit for the first time to Takachiho.

Rental Bicycle: 

If you are going for the same day tour, then rent an electric bicycle at the Takachiho Tourist Information Center and have fun the incredible view. It cost 800~ Yen/4 hours.


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. It is a very thin boiled wheat noodles are placed in bamboo floating water. This style of eating was originated in Takachiho itself.

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

Lunch @ Takachiho


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!

Link & Resources:

Kyushu Bus Booking

Online booking site of express/highway/night buses

Categories: Takachiho(高千穂)

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