As the second installment in our Wanderlust series,we thought it would be fitting to write
a post on one of our most popular Facebook destinations, Takachiho Gorge. The photo of paddlers beneath the canopy of foliage amongst a waterfall has garnered quite a bit of attention so without further ado we would like to take you on a trip to Takachiho Gorge.
Takachiho is nestled at the center of the Kyushu Mountains in the northwestern area of Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan. The town borders Oita and Kumamoto prefectures allowing the Gokase-gawa River to flow freely through it causing the gorge to take the form of a ‘V’. The Takachiho Gorge is a picture to behold with its towering sheer grey cliffs made of slow forming volcanic basalt and canopy made of vibrant green foliage. High above the gorge is a paved walkway allowing visitors to leisurely stroll the quarter of a mile long perimeter decorated with mountain cherry blossoms while enjoying the view of rowers below. At one point the pathway above offers a view that is practically straight down to the river below.
Although the pathway surrounding the gorge is beautiful, the view from the bottom is unbeatable. Visitors can rent row boats to row the expansive Takachio Gorge or go paddling on the Gokase-gawa River exposing them to the most beautiful scenery Takachiho has to offer. One of the most popular views is that of the 54 foot Minainotaki waterfall which cascades down the cliff creating clouds of mist that rise from the falling water. The gorge and river are an easy and pleasant paddle that would be enjoyable for all levels of experience. During the summer, the gorge is illuminated creating a beautiful glow highlighting the surrounding foliage and emerald green water.
While in Takachiho, don’t forget to check out the nearby Takachiho-jinjo Shrine in the evening where you can experience the traditional Yokagura Dance while admiring the 800 year old Chichibu cedars surrounding the temple. A hike to the top of the Kunimi-ga-oka Hill is another great stop where hikers can marvel at the city below and take in the expansive mountains encompassing it. If an outdoor international adventure is something you are looking for Takachiho Gorge would be an excellent option to consider. With its beauty, traditions, and resort attractions it is sure to please even the most discerning of travelers.
-Dayvee @ ACK