Explore Kyushu - Culture and Activities

Visiting the beautiful Kyushu

Hi, I’m a thirty something Asia fanatic, visiting the beautiful Kyushu with my Japanese wife on my third trip to Japan - this time going late August in 2013.

Here are some of the highlights of my trip...

Driving around the Kyushu countryside:

Part of my travels around Kyushu took me to Takachiho Gorge, a really beautiful and spiritual part of Japan and approximately 3hrs drive from Fukuoka city, taking you through Kumamoto, which as you can see, makes for a very pleasant drive.


Road sign to Takachiho

paddy fields


There are many interesting places to stop off and visit on the way to Takachiho. We chose the Amanoiwato-jinja (a Shinto shrine) and the nearby Amano-yasuga-wara (cave).

The shrine itself is typical for the period, but as you climb the steps and see the bamboo forests swaying in the breeze, you can’t help feel that you’re leaving the modern world behind with every step and this was a sense I felt throughout my time in Kyushu.

Shrine

It is then only a short walk from the shrine along a crystal clear stream to the cave shrine of Amano-yasuga-wara, which is reportedly a natural energising power spot.

The cave is covered across every surface with small pebbles and rocks carefully balanced on top of one another. This photo shows only a small number of the balancing rock statues that the pilgrims have made over the years in Amano-yasuga-wara. The statues are made with the hope that it will bring the builder good fortune.


a small number of the balancing rock statues

Takachiho


It wasn’t long after leaving Amano-yasuga-wara that I came across this imposing statue of a mythical Japanese character, proudly holding a sign welcoming visitors to Takachiho.

Takachiho

Takachiho

A large boulder marks the entrance to Takachiho gorge and from there you can take to the walking trails, hire a boat, feed the fish or do as I did and get some food!

I was attracted to two sets of bamboo flumes where Nagashi-Somen (cold noodles) get sent down in the water and fished out for a nice summer time meal. Not bad if you like cold noodles!

Cold Noodles

After lunch we took to the trails and the views are special from every direction. There are many bridges crisscrossing the gorge, so it’s easy to find a great vantage point.

The main draw in coming to Takachiho Gorge is to see the waterfall and if possible to see it by boat. Unfortunately for us, the wait was too long at 1hr 30 minutes, but given more time it is definitely something I would have liked to experience.

Cold Noodles

Boat


The boats can be hired for ¥2,000 for 30 minutes (max 3 people per boat) between 08:30 to 17:00 (Mon-Fri), with bookings stopping at 16:30.

Information

Miyachiku (teppanyaki restaurant)

Fukuoka city, Hakata ku, Nakasu 5-1-1
Jpark Nakasu Building 2F
Tel: 092-262-2914

Lunch: 11.00 -14.00 (Last order)
Dinner: 17.00 - 21.30 (Last order)

Takachiho Gorge

Boat Hire
¥2,000 for 30 minutes (max 3 people per boat) between 08:30 to 17:00 (Mon-Fri),
with bookings stopping at 16:30.

Amanoiwato-jinja

Miyazaki-ken, Nishiusuki-gun,
Takachiho-cho Iwato 1073-1

Japanese Style 'Ryokan'

Where to stay in Kyushu


Kyushu Guide

Tours in Kyushu