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Discover Takachiho: Special Recommendations For You
From the Okami of Shinsen
Kyushu is the third-largest island separated from Honshu (mainland) of Japan. The island is composed of a complex system of volcanic ranges, which is also called “onsen (hot spring) island.” Takachiho is a place full of incredible natural attractions and local’s unique specialty products. Here are some things to add to your things-to-do list when you visit Takachiho, recommended by Kumi Sato, the okami of Shinsen in Takachiho, Miyazaki, especially for you.
Message from the Okami of Shinsen
“It was unfortunate not to be able to welcome people around the world since the outbreak of COVID-19. The people in the tourism industry, including me, know how important it is to meet and welcome people in person. We are looking forward to welcoming you all to Shinsen as soon as the border reopens. We can’t wait for you to experience Takachiho, including the fascinating myths of Takachiho,” smiles Kumi Sato.
Takachiho Gorge
Takachiho Gorge is one of the most spectacular natural attractions in Kyushu. This spectacular gorge in northern Miyazaki, Takachiho, was formed over 100,000 years ago after eruptions from the nearby volcano, Mt. Aso. From vivid greenery in summer to red-tinted leaves in fall, Takachiho Gorge changes its color. “For a local, it is quite a blessing to be able to see the abysses change in color at sunrise and sunset every day in every four seasons,” says Kumi Sato.
The look of Takachiho Gorge from down the river
It is nice to enjoy the gorge from above and below, but she recommends renting a boat down the river for a dynamic up-close look at this beautiful gorge. “There is a shortcut from Takachiho Shrine to Takachiho Gorge. It’s a secret way only local people know”, smiles the okami.
Takachiho Shrine (10-minute walk from Shinsen)
Takachiho Gorge is the most spectacular gorge in Japan. If you are looking for any natural attractions in Japan, Takachiho Gorge is a great attraction of all.
Takachiho Amaterasu Railway
Another unique attraction the okami of Shinsen highly recommends is Takachiho Amaterasu Railway. The original railway, Takachiho Railway, has already been discontinued, but it is now revived as a unique attraction for visitors. The view from the roofless trolley train is exceptional. She recommends visiting the railway, especially in clear weather.
Takachiho Amaterasu Railway, which used to be the “Takachiho Railway,” was popular public transportation in Takachiho, dearly loved by locals for many years. However, due to depopulation and the building of new bypass roads nearby, the number of users of the beloved railway enormously decreased. Even worse, a big typhoon hit Miyazaki in 2005. Due to the critical damage of the typhoon, the railway had no other choice but suspended its operations. It was 70 years had passed ever since the Takachiho Railway established.
But the local people never stopped loving the Takachiho Railway even after its discontinuation. With locals’ strong enthusiasm and love for the railway, the Takachiho Railway was revived by them as Takachiho Amaterasu Railway in 2008. Takachiho Amaterasu Railway now carries people with the spirits of the warmhearted people of Takachiho.
The Exclusive Shinsen Caviar
Shinsen Caviar, also called “Heike Caviar” is the super-creamy caviar with low salinity, exclusively produced in Shiiba Village in Miyazaki. It is collected from sturgeons that have been raised in the clear stream of Shiiba Village for about 8 years. It was a collaborative project in order to preserve the natural sturgeons. This special caviar is registered as GIAHS (Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems), making it even more remarkable. You can taste this unique caviar during your stay at Shinsen.
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