Takachiho Shrine, Takachiho-cho

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Head to the center of the tall cedar grove to find Takachiho Shrine, a simple complex of wooden buildings known for staging performances of the myth connected with the shrine. Legend has it that Amaterasu, the Shinto goddess of the sun, hid in a cave nearby and refused to come out, plunging the world into darkness. The other gods and goddesses brought her out of the cave by dancing outrageously, making each other laugh so much that Amaterasu came out to see what was going on, and thus bringing light back to the world. Today, actors put on masked performances of the legend to entertain visitors and educate them about this important tale from Japanese mythology. Plan to visit Takachiho Shrine and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Takachiho-cho attractions using our Takachiho-cho trip itinerary app .
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  • A beautiful shrine near the city centre with trees of surprising height. A large driveway and stairs lead to the site.
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  • I visited Takachiho Shrine for the first time. I am proud to have visited a shrine with a history dedicated to God.
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  • Must visit on way to the Gorge. Lovely shrine, very big compound with gigantic trees, peaceful atmosphere. Has a traditional local performance nightly for 700 yen person. Simply beautiful especially after a spring rain...
  • Beautiful. Very nice shrine. So peaceful
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