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Takachiho Gorge Day Tour

Visit Japan’s national natural treasure

Fukuoka & Kumamoto 183 Booked

Travel to Takachiho Gorge, the epitome of Japanese natural beauty, for boating, nature walks and ancient landmarks visits

  • Take a walk along Takachiho Gorge and hear of the many ancient myths surrounding the stunning rock formations
  • Enjoy the convenience and ease of a small group tour and avoid long queues for boating in the gorge with an early start
  • Visit several cave locations which are connected to ancient Japanese mythology and folklore
  • Enjoy refreshing cold wheat flour noodles, soumen, served inside bamboo pipes during the summer months
What We Love:

Trace the paths of the gods and travel to one of the most beautiful scenic spots in Kyushu, the Takachiho Gorge. The natural wonder was formed from a natural phenomenon by the Aso volcanos when sudden cooling led to spectacular cliffs that rise between 80 to 100 meters above the river. Some of the region's most sacred and mythical locations can be found around the gorge such as Takachicho Shrine, an 1800 year old shrine home to a grove of evergreen trees which can claim an impressive 800 years. One of the best ways to view the gorge is by boat – come face to face with the 17 meter Manai Falls on your half hour paddle.

Activity Details

1 Day


1-9 Traveler(s)

Meet Up

24 Hours

7 Days Cancelation


  • You will receive confirmation of your booking's availability within 1 business day. Once confirmed, we will send you the voucher via email
  • In the event that you do not receive an email from us, please check your Spam folder or notify us via email

Inclusive Of:

  • English speaking guide
  • Transport provided all day

Not Inclusive Of:

  • Lunch
  • Rowing fee (JPY2000 per boat, can pay on the spot)


  • 8:50am Higo Ozu Station meet up
  • Drive to Takachiho (90 min)
  • Takachiho Shrine & Kagura Hall
  • Walk along the Gorge
  • Boating on the Gorge (If the boating is unavailable will go to the Shirakawa Source in Minami Aso or to a Sake tasting experience depending)
  • Lunch by the Gorge (try the local speciality of Nagashi Soumen, flowing noodles in a bamboo pipe)
  • Ama No Iwato Shrine and Ama no Yasukawara Cave (both which play an integral part in the founding myths of the Gods of Japan)
  • 5:30pm drop off at Higo Ozu

Additional information:

  • Lunch is not included but please notify us of any dietary preferences when booking so that so we can better arrange what and where to eat
  • Child ticket: Below age 16
  • Children younger than 5 years old are free
  • Maximum Number of People: 9
  • We suggest that travelers take out their own travel accident insurance before the tri

How To Use

  • You can present either a printed or an electronic voucher for this activity
  • The voucher is valid only on the tour date and time specified
  • Meeting location: Higo Ozu Station
  • How to get there: Take train from Kumamoto City to Higo Ozu, which takes 30 to 40 minutes
  • Pick ups can be arranged from Kumamoto City however, there will be an extra charge (paid directly to the driver) and less sightseeing time due to the time it takes to get in and out of the city


  • Full refunds will be issued for cancelations made at least 7 days prior to the activity

Reviews (4)


Helen is very nice and professional. She arranged a wonderful schedule for us and told a lot of stories and legends that related with local culture to us. We really had a good time.


Helen is very nice and talkative. we know about many legend, history, geography and the story which was come from Helen. Really interesting. Also we don't need to care of the transportation!


This 1-day tour with Helen is one of the highlights of our trip in Kyushu. Helen sent us email before the trip for confirmation. After picking us up from Higo Ozu JR station, she drove us to Takashiho directly. On the way she introduced about the Japanese culture and interesting news. She is very helpful and friendly to reply any questions we raised. Upon arriving at the scenic spots, her introduction is on point and fruitful. Her presentation is very lively as well. Definitely recommending this! P.S. Helen represents the "Explore Kumamoto" website. You could visit her website to know more about her and Kumamoto.


Fantastic trip by Helen, who gave very good insight of the shrines and mythology Japanese stories. Was well worth the trip!

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