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The historical monuments know for “the sun of goddess” nearby “holy rock cave”. It said to be the... read more

Reviewed January 9, 2019
Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan

Easy to get to by car or bus and part of Miyazaki's Mythical Road. The shrine is tucked away and... read more

Reviewed November 27, 2018
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1073-1 Iwato, Takachiho-cho, Nishiusuki-gun 882-1621, Miyazaki Prefecture
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Reviewed January 9, 2019

The historical monuments know for “the sun of goddess” nearby “holy rock cave”. It said to be the place where the 8,000,000 gods (八百万神:やおよろずのかみ)gathered to discuss opening the rock door. You may feel spiritually. I would recommend you to take a local bus from Takachiho...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed November 27, 2018

Easy to get to by car or bus and part of Miyazaki's Mythical Road. The shrine is tucked away and sits next to a giant tree- which was losing its yellow leaves when I visited, would recommend a trip in Autumn to see the changing...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed June 22, 2018

One of the more important and powerfull hotspot for shinto religion and the japan itself. you can fell inside you a strange power and if you can visit the Amaterasu cave will be sasmething amazin that you'll never forget

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed May 7, 2018 via mobile

The shrine is pretty, but the main reason people visit is to get a glimpse of the cave where Amaterasu, the Shinto goddess of the sun, supposedly holed herself in after her brother, the storm god, made her upset. Hiding in the cave, there was...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Marie H
Reviewed November 22, 2017

i read a bit on the background of this shrine so was a bit curious about it...when we got there, some walking downhill before you reach the actual shrine but it's most worth it!! the view is amazing and poetic - running water, moss and...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed August 17, 2017

We went to visit Amano Iwato Shrine and Amanoyasu Kawara. It's close by together. You can arrange a priest to guided tour Amaterasu's cave and shrine. The cave is already collapsed and I couldn't see properly. The end of the shrine then you will go...More

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

I visited this shrine on the same day as Takachiho gorge and Takachiho shrine. All very close to each other. I had hired a car which made getting around quite easy. I drove from kurokawa onsen to takachiho. The drive is gorgeous with quite a...More

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank Joey_SG
Reviewed March 1, 2016

We want to visit Amanoyasu Kawara, as Amano Iwato Shrine is so close together, we visit Amano Iwato Shrine as well. For me Amano Iwato Shrine is not so special, I don’t think it is a must see shrine. However, if you time you can...More

Date of experience: February 2016
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Reviewed February 28, 2016

This shrine, built near the cave where Amaterasu Omikami hid herself, is a prologue to visiting Amanoyasu Kawara, the magical cavern where the gods met to figure out how to lure Amaterasu out of hiding and return light to the land. Ameterasu’s cave itself cannot...More

Date of experience: November 2015
3  Thank hfot2
Reviewed June 16, 2015

I should keep this silent because apparently not many foreigners know about this place and it's gorgeous, mesmerizing, even mysterious. Not so much the temple, but the gorge and grotto a bit further on the road, so don't miss that or you won't understand my...More

Date of experience: May 2015
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