Takachiho Shrine, Takachiho-cho

Must see · Religious Site · Tourist Spot
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. Plan to visit Takachiho Shrine and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Takachiho-cho attractions using our Takachiho-cho trip itinerary app.
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  • This is a simple shrine where the 8pm performance of Kagura takes place every night. The buildings are dwarfed by tall trees especially the 2 wedded trees; myth says; if you walk with your loved one.....  more »
  • We actually did not tour the Shrine itself. We went there to watch the Kagura ritual dances which were dances of offering to the deity staged every night at 8pm. The performers in simple costumes and....  more »
  • Quite. Beautiful place couple of min walk from the town center. Evening Kagura show is right behind it  more »
  • Must visit on way to the Gorge. Lovely shrine, very big compound with gigantic trees, peaceful atmosphere. Has a traditional local performance nightly for 700 yen person. Simply beautiful especially after a spring rain...
  • Beautiful. Very nice shrine. So peaceful
  • It was clean and beautiful. There was something in the air that made this place the power spot!
  • Beautiful shrine constructed out of wood. There is a small counter selling amulets and essential oils. You can reach the shrine either from the main road or taking a short hike from takachiho Gourge. The hike is slightly steep but mostly manicures with nice stone steps.
  • Great dance performance at night

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