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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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  • The shrine is in the middle of a grove of ancient trees, and the stairs up from the road are shrouded in shade - making the guardian statues all the more menacing. There isn't a lot here - the shrine,...  more »
  • Was a nicely presented/kept shrine with many noteworthy aspects. No English documentation unfortunately but worth seeing if in the area.  more »
  • This shrine has a lot of big trees so it is nicely shaded. It is one of the most peaceful and nice shrine I've been to especially during the hot summer weather!  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Big trees
  • A peaceful place
  • Walk short approach from the main street will arrive soon in the main shrine. Much better much more atmosphere, very helpful. Sunny days than drizzling rain about, is better?
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