Aside from the beautifully-formed Takachiho Gorge due to lava flow from an eruption of Mount Aso, the shrine where mythical legends of Japanese gods such as the descent of of the god Ninigi from heaven (an event called tenson-korin) and Amano-Iwato (cave of Amaterasu) are located as well as the ceremonial dance called Kagura are the other attractions of the town of Takachiho.
In order to fully experience the beauty of the gorge, renting a boat is highly recommended. These boats are operated by the Takachiho Tourist Association. Rent a boat and paddle leisurely around the gorge, and fully enjoy the nature surrounding Takachiho.
Summer business hours
Summer period: July 16 to August 31, 2016
Opening hours: 7:30 AM-5:30 PM
Normal business hours
8:30 AM-5:00 PM (reception is until 4:30 PM)
1 boat: \2000 for 30 minutes
Extension fee: \300 every 10 minutes
Paid parking available
English homepage: http://takachiho-kanko.info/en/