A wonder-working spot for prayer on holy ground that has been a stage for myths
According to myths, Takachiho is the place where Amaterasu-omikami, the queen of gods, descended. Takachiho jinja is a shrine built more than 1200 years ago on the sacred ground. There used to be 554 shrines in this area. The 88 highest ranking shrines among them were the Takachiho 88 Shrines, and Takachiho Shrine is their soja (shrine where all relevant gods are enshrined).
There are many wonder-working spots on its grounds. Two giant trees with their trunks fused together are called "Couple cedar" because they look like husband and wife. It is said that if you walk around the trees three times, hand in hand with your friend, family member or lover, you are blessed with prosperity of descendants and safety in your family.
A festival called "Yokagura" is popular in the area. Kagura is music and dance dedicated to Shinto gods. Each village invites their guardian god to a house called kagura-yado or a community center and dedicates music and dance all night long. A shortened version of Takachiho Kagura is performed for tourists every night throughout the year at the Takachiho Shrine. Four representative dances are performed for one hour from 20:00 every night. Audience members pay 700 yen each. No reservation is necessary and the audience is expected to directly visit the place from 19:00.
Address: 1037 Oaza Mitai, Takachiho-cho, Miyazaki
Phone: 0982-73-1213 (Takachiho-Town Kanko-Kyokai)
Admission Fee: Free entrance to the grounds
Directions: [From Tokyo to Miyazaki]1h 45 min from Haneda to Miyazaki Airport, and 10 min from the airport to Miyazaki Station by JR Miyazaki Airport Line, or 4h 35 min from Tokyo to Kokura Station by JR Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen Line, and 3h 40 min from Kokura to Nobeoka Station by JR Nippo Line (limited express).
[From Osaka to Miyazaki]1h 5 min from Itami or Kansai International Airport to Miyazaki Airport, or 2h 20 min from Shin-Osaka to Miyazaki Station by Shinkansen.
[From Fukuoka]4 hours and 20 min from Hakata station to Nabeoka Station by train.
[Frim Miyazaki Airooirt to Takachiho Shrine]Take JR Train from Miyazaki Airport to Nabeoka Sta. (70 min)Change to Miyako bus at Nabeoka Bus Center just next to the station. By car, 1h and 10 min from Mifune interchange on the Kyushu Expressway (parking available).