Takachiho Gorge is a narrow v-shaped chasm, made over thousands of years by the Gokase River’s erosion of Mt. Ase’s volcanic rock.
It is a beautiful area, surrounded by cliffs that average 80 meters in height (reaching up to 100 meters) and extending along for 7 kilometers.
Takachiho Gorge has been designated as a National Place of Scenic Beauty.
The most spectacular sight in Takachiho Gorge is Manai Falls, which boasts a drop of 17 meters. Manai Falls has been granted the title of one of Japan’s 100 Waterfalls, and it is possible to get near the falls by rowing boat. During the summer, from sunset until 10:00pm, the falls and boardwalk are illuminated. Part of the boardwalk is unblocked, so even visitors in wheelchairs can see the falls.
Also, the Takachiho Mitsuhashi, visible from the boardwalk, is a popular subject of photographs. It is said that throughout all of Japan, the only place to see this style of arch bridge is in Takachiho.
In addition, Takachiho Gorge is a location mentioned in many myths and legends, making it a famous power spot.
Basic information on Takachiho Gorge
- Mitai oshioi, Takachiho-cho, Nishiusuki-gun, Miyazaki
- 7 minutes by car from Takachio Bus Center
- 0982-73-1213 (Takachiho-cho Tourism Association)
- ※Boat Rentals
8:30-17:00 (last rentals at 16:30. From 7:30-17:30 during summer.)
No reservation needed. Rent directly from the boat station. Rental fee 2000 yen per 30 minutes for one boat (boat capacity up to 3 people).