Amano Iwato Shrine, Takachiho-cho

Dedicated to the sun goddess, Amano Iwato Shrine was built near the cave where she was believed to have hidden from her pursuers, creating a blackout in the world. Some 10 km (6 mi) from downtown Takachino, the shrine sits on the Iwato River. Believed to have originated in the ninth century, the shrine marks the starting point for a hike to the cave of the sun goddess, whose legend presumably came about thanks to a solar eclipse. After you perform a cleansing ritual, you may proceed to the cave. You can take a guided tour with one of the priests accompanying you, but you won't be allowed to take photos. Plan to see Amano Iwato Shrine and other attractions that appeal to you using our Takachiho-cho online trip builder.
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  • This simple shrine honors the sun goddess, Amasterasu & the cave she hides in during the winter months. In each shrine is a beautiful silver-blue disc representing her power. Every 30 minutes, one of....  more »
  • Nice Tample with a shoe hike that takes you to a cave at the bottom of the gorge. The water is ice cold so we enjoyed a toes-deep. The routers is about 3/4-1 km down an up.  more »
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  • We booked special for ohiri ceremony. It is serene. Some trees are 200 years old.
  • Amanoiwato has to be one of the most unique and most awaited places I saw on my trip. I always wanted to go to Takachiho for the legend of the gods. and once I finally arrived there I understood why this place was chosen. You walk a trail along the rive and forest going downwards to the cave, it takes you about 15 minutes of normal walking to get there. You can stack rocks, walk inside the cave, put a prayer and donation and most important, you should relax at this place, listen to the river and get your energy charged. On the way down there are a few shop with drinks and food, and souvenir shop at the top in the parking lot, with more to eat and drink.

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