Have you ever heard of the Japanese myth “TENSON KOURIN”?
The story tells of a sun god (a woman in mythology) named AMATERASU, who ordered his grandson, NINIGINOMIKOTO, to administer the country, and the place where he descended from Takamagahara (the place where the gods live) is Takachiho in Miyazaki.
This Takachiho Gorge was formed in ancient times (120,000 years ago and 90,000 years ago, twice in total) by pyroclastic flows spewed by a large-scale eruption of Mt. Aso, and then flowed out along the Gokase River, which cooled rapidly, forming an unusual columnar-shaped cliff.
The cliff, which is up to 100 meters high and averages 80 meters in height, extends about 7 kilometres from east to west and was designated a national scenic beauty and natural heritage site on November 10, 1934.
The Manai Waterfall, which is a famous waterfall, designated as one of the 100 best waterfalls in Japan, falls from a height of about 17 meters and is a symbolic view of Takachiho Gorge.
You can rent a boat, and you can look up at the beautiful and powerful view of the flowing water from below. According to mythology, the waterfall comes from a spring that gushes out of heaven.
From this waterfall, you can easily walk along the 1.2km walkway connecting “the Kamibashi Bridge” downstream. There are some unusual sights created by nature here and there.
This place is a very famous tourist destination. People are fascinated by the beauty here during the summer months and all four seasons. It will forever be a photographers' favourite spot.
You can see how this country has been loved and nurtured by water. The mist expanding from the gorge moistens the plants and trees to fill the space with the colors of the season in lush and vivid ways.
You can also experience the wind that blows from this narrow valley. There is a unique Japanese beauty that is dynamic, but also has a certain calmness and suppleness to it.
Why don't you enjoy the mystical view of water that comes from Japanese history someday?
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