Takachiho Shrine, Takachiho-cho

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Head to the center of the tall cedar grove to find Takachiho Shrine, a simple complex of wooden buildings known for staging performances of the myth connected with the shrine. Legend has it that Amaterasu, the Shinto goddess of the sun, hid in a cave nearby and refused to come out, plunging the world into darkness. The other gods and goddesses brought her out of the cave by dancing outrageously, making each other laugh so much that Amaterasu came out to see what was going on, and thus bringing light back to the world. Today, actors put on masked performances of the legend to entertain visitors and educate them about this important tale from Japanese mythology. Make Takachiho Shrine part of your personalized Takachiho-cho itinerary using our Takachiho-cho trip itinerary maker.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Far and a nationally prominent shrine, but is overwhelmed by the noble grandeur. On the other hand, were you pay fee once happened, you might buy a charm, maiden-like way, reluctantly listed came into the box. It is indescribably leisurely shrine. Takachiho required with and close to centre of town here, and the difference between the high and low travel is required, but walking is fine, and. Go to the drug store and in front of might stop by.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Takachiho-Jinja ⛩ in I went. This is the God of good match! Is not so far to the precinct, way to go! Pass through the gate and up a cleanse stone hands and mouth to the ground! It was thanks to the shade trees and nice place.
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  • July 25, 2017
    Weekend night Kagura. The farmer will blossom for tourists. Takachiho is all dance is assumed.
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  • May 26, 2016
    We visited Takachiho and its shrine in the early 1990s. It was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. The shrine is the unofficial shrine to Amaterasu, the sky goddess, as opposed to the official and huge shrine complex at Ise. The shrine priests provided a dance to celebrate Ameterasu's emerging from a cave and the return of the sun; her going to a cave and closing herself away was due to her brother, Susanoo's insults to her. Anyway the dance and shrine are great fun and amazing look into the culture and ancient religion of Japan. The town and surrounding mountains are lovely and fun to explore. At that time there was an American who was paid by the Japanese government to greet non-Japanese visitors, probably to help to ensure our proper manners. No one else spoke English, but holding up sentences in a Japanese language guide seemed to work fine. The residents were most helpful, including showing us the way to a local laundromat. Nearby Mt Aso is one of the world's largest volcanoes, about 20 kilometers across, and there are some gorgeous geological formations and streams associated with the volcano. We missed looking into a major and live lava crater, which would be great to see and is apparently easy to access.
  • January 4, 2016
    Nothing especially special. I didn't find the yokagura anything particularly fascinating. But then again such things do not move me. The shrine itself is pretty and was great fun. Had the largest piece of corn on New Year's Eve!
  • March 19, 2017
    Big trees
  • September 24, 2016
    A peaceful place
  • June 29, 2017
    Cedar two couples holding hands with those who like, 3 times around and seems to be ineffective home secure prosperity. From the 20 * 00 of the night will be held at night Kagura. Nokyo's shrine near kushifuru-sho also served together.
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Where the mountain roads all convene at Honmachi, the main accommodations of Takachiho-cho can be found. As with other important locations in Japanese mythology and spirituality, Takachiho-cho possesses a good mix of simple guesthouses for pilgrims and backpackers, as well as some upmarket options, including luxury hotels and traditional guesthouses with limited numbers of rooms and quintessentially Japanese decorations throughout. Follow each of the main roads out of town, and you'll find similar options in more isolated locations.
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