Takachiho, Japan

Rowing through the volcanic Takachiho Gorge and rainbow waterfall

Probably one of the most famous places in Takachiho district in the Kyushu Mountains of Japan, Takachiho Gorge is a hidden narrow chasm cut through the sheer basalt rock walls by the remarkably pristine Gokase River. The gorge is made of slow forming volcanic basalt columns formed over 100,000 years ago after volcanic eruptions of Mount Aso, making it a unique sightseeing spot. Besides following the riverside path along the banks, the best way to enjoy the gorge is by rowing down the river. As the water is calm and easy to navigate, you will get a chance to see a close up view of the surrounding cliffs and natural environment. Along the boat ride, you can admire several spectacular waterfalls, the finest of which is the 17 meter high Minainotaki with an impressive backdrop of dense green foliage and grey cliffs. In autumn, Takachiho Gorge boasts incredible colors when the leaves change, offering a photogenic site for visitors.

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Western Wonders of Japan

Tokyo → Kiso valley → Kyoto → Iya valley → Takamatsu → Hiroshima → Takachiho → Kagoshima → Yakushima
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Walk along cobblestone streets and admire the historic sekisho, or barrier station of Kiso-Fukushima, the largest post town in Kiso valley

Experience the most popular section of Nakasendo ancient trail and explore the well-preserved post towns of Tsumago and Magome

Hop on a fun biking tour around Kyoto, Japan’s cultural capital, and its famed attractions

Explore the hidden gems of Iya Valley, including pristine mountain scenery, ancient vine bridges and historical farm houses

Spend a day relaxing in the pleasant atmosphere of Ritsurin Park and seeing Edo-era heritage buildings in Shikoku Village

Get an exclusive in-depth access to the unique Naoshima island with visits to its museums and artworks scattered throughout the town

Learn part of Japan’s history while visiting Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park & Museum

Admire the impressive vermillion gate of Itsukushima Shrine and the sacred Misen Mount on Miyajima Island

Contemplate the spectacular views of Mount Aso from the vantage point of Mount Daikanbo

Enjoy watching Takachiho Kagura Dance, a nightly ceremonial dance performance at Takachiho Shrine

See a close up view of the famous Takachiho Gorge and the 1200 year-old Takachiho Shrine

Take part in a 3-day journey of hiking and exploring the ancient forest trail of Yakushima Island

Discover the volcanic island of Sakurajima and enjoy relaxing time in Nagisa Park Foot Bath

Tokyo → Kiso valley → Kyoto → Iya valley → Takamatsu → Hiroshima → Takachiho → Kagoshima → Yakushima

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