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Takachiho 
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Takachiho Gorge

Takachiho () is a town in northern Miyazaki Prefecture that is steeped in Japanese mythology. It is the supposed site of legend where Amaterasu, the Shinto Sun Goddess, disturbed by her brother's cruel pranks, hid herself in a cave, prompting the other gods and goddesses to try and lure her out.

It is also the disputed landing place of the god Ninigi no Mikoto, grandson of Amaterasu, who was sent down from heaven to establish the lineage of Japanese emperors, a distinction which it competes for with Mount Takachiho-no-mine in Kirishima National Park.

Takachiho is known as a "power spot", a place of profound religious importance and natural beauty, which radiates spiritual energy. Among the best spots for a spiritual experience are Amano Iwato Shrine and Takachiho Gorge on a calm day.

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Attractions
 1  Takachiho Gorge
Picturesque gorge.
User rating: 90/100 (52 votes)
Visited by: 96 users
 2  Amano Iwato Shrine
Cave where the sun goddess hid herself.
User rating: 85/100 (31 votes)
Visited by: 73 users
 3  Takachiho Shrine
Site of nightly yokagura dance performances.
User rating: 77/100 (41 votes)
Visited by: 88 users

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