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Takachiho - The pearl of Kyushu island

Legend has it that the canyon located in the northwest of Miyazaki prefecture is the birthplace of Japan. The place immediately attracts people with ancient stories and the sacred beauty of its marvelous nature.

Linh Linh

Linh Linh

Published on 03 Mar, 12:00

Before coming here, I had experienced a week discovering Oita with my friends, so we decided to hire a 7-seat car for convenient movement. You can also go by bus, but the streets are quite complex and hard to go, so if you go in a group and hire a car to drive by yourselves, it would be much more convenient.

From Oita, it took me two hours to arrive at Takachiho at 10 am. This is also the most suitable time if you want to spend a full day admiring the famous gorge and visiting some nearby pagodas.

The tourist spot is surrounded by majestic mountains and fresh cool air. When I stood there waiting for my friends' parking, I might hear the birds singing echoing in the large space. This place is like an unexploited pristine forest which carries the astonishingly pure and picturesque beauty.

A milestone carved with the words
A milestone carved with the words "Place of beauty in Takachiho" welcomed us
There were many foreigners who spoke different languages visited this famous gorge. I heard Korean, Chinese and a little English. It is not hard to realize that Takachiho is a well-known destination and attracts hordes of tourists.

In order to come inside the place, we had to walk through a trail. Despite being well constructed, the trail was still relatively hard to walk on, especially when you are wearing slippery sandals, you can fall at any time. Therefore, remember to buy yourself a pair of sturdy trainers to fully enjoy this interesting trip.

The weather was quite nice, so we decided to hire a boat.
The weather was quite nice, so we decided to hire a boat.

You can walk to view the scenery, but if the weather is fine, hiring a boat will certainly be a better option, because you will be able to admire the beauty of the gorge and the Manai waterfall in a near distance simultaneously.

We must queue for quite a while to hire a boat.
We must queue for quite a while to hire a boat.

As each boat only accommodated 3 people, we had to hire 2 boats. The cost per boat was 2000円 for 30-minute use. Initially, we were awkward in managing this shaky vehicle, but after getting accustomed to it, this turned out to be a fascinating activity.

If going in group, you can also have a chance to examine the sailing ability of your friends and even scold each other. This will be very fun!

You will sail through the gorge and admire the surreal beauty of Manai waterfall. Be careful with your bad sailing skill, as it may make you get drenched in cold water
You will sail through the gorge and admire the surreal beauty of Manai waterfall. Be careful with your bad sailing skill, as it may make you get drenched in cold water

Though Takachiho Gorge is not a great place of interest, it has been considered as the birthplace of Japan. This is because this natural construction is connected with a long-lasting legend of "the Land of the Rising Sun".

According to the myth, after the combat with her brother - the Sea God, the Sun Goddess Amaterasu got angry and hid in the canyon, making the entire world immersed in the eternal darkness. Then, other gods gathered and found ways to make her happy with parties and dances. It was the vibrant atmosphere that made the Goddess Amaterasu come out and lighten the world again.

Manai waterfall is also attached to an interesting legend. The waterfall was formed from the seeds of water that a God brought to the Earth.
Manai waterfall is also attached to an interesting legend. The waterfall was formed from the seeds of water that a God brought to the Earth.

Engrossed in admiring the picturesque beauty of the water, I silently appreciated how marvelous the nature was. It could naturally go into the people's hearts and leave a deep impression on them, which made me live more slowly and perceive the life in a softer and more peaceful way than ever before.

The further we sailed, the more immense and majestic the beauty of Takachiho became
The further we sailed, the more immense and majestic the beauty of Takachiho became

After sailing, we walked along the footpath and admired the gorge from above. Remember to wear warm clothes because the temperature in Takachiho always remains at a "pretty cold" level.

There is a path that enables you to observe the whole waterfall scenery
There is a path that enables you to observe the whole waterfall scenery
The beauty of nature does not diminish regardless of the captured angle
The beauty of nature does not diminish regardless of the captured angle

It it an ideal place for those who love "virtual living", isn't it?

The journey of experiencing Japanese culture led me to several nearby pagodas. These are also the destinations associated with Japanese tales and worth visiting.

If you are curious about these places and the stories attached to them, let's follow me!

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Linh Linh

Linh Linh

Super humorous and active person, I myself am interested in writing and sharing my experience in Japan. Hope to find someone to travel with 🗻🗻🗻

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