Takachiho Gorge Day Tour


Visit Japan’s national natural treasure

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  • 1 Day(s) Duration
  • English
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  • 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
Most Recent Review

  • Mak 13 Mar 2019
    Helen was a wonderful tour guide. She was lovely and helpful during the tour and helped us understand more of the culture and background of the area.

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  • Takachiho Gorge Day Tour

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    Inclusive Of:

    • English speaking guide
    • Full day transportation

    Not Inclusive Of:

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

    US$ 117.25

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    • English speaking guide
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    • Lunch
    • Rowing fee (JPY2000 per boat, can pay on the spot)
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What To Expect

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.

Takachiho noodles
Takachiho noodles
Takachiho Gorge tour
Experience the natural beauty of Takachiho Gorge on a nature walk and boat ride
Takachiho shrine tour
Visit several historical landmarks of the region
Takachiho noodles
Enjoy a cultural feast of noodles during the summer months
Takachiho Gorge boating
Enjoy a unique boating experience next to a 17 meter waterfall
Activity Information


  • 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
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  • 8:50am Higo Ozu Station meet up
  • Drive to Takachiho through the scenic Aso caldera (90 min)
  • 10:40am Arrive in Takachiho Gorge
  • Walk along the Gorge past the famed Manai Waterfall view (30 min)
  • Boating on the Gorge (If the boating is unavailable will visit Kunimigaoka, a stunning mountain viewpoint in Takachiho)
  • 12:00pm - 1:15pm Lunch in the gorge (choose from a variety of restaurants offering local Miyazaki specialities including the famous summer dish of Nagashi soumen: flowing noodles in a bamboo pipe)
  • 1:20pm Takachiho Shrine & Kagura Hall
  • 2:30pm Ama No Iwato Shrine and Ama no Yasukawara Cave (both which play an integral part in the founding myths of the Gods of Japan)
  • 3:30pm Souvenir shopping
  • 5:30pm Arrive back at Higo Ozu
Additional Information

Additional information:

  • Child ticket: Age 0-16
  • Please buy adult tickets for the third child onwards if there are more than 2 children with you
  • Maximum number of people: 9
  • Lunch is not included but please notify us of any dietary preferences when booking so that so the operator can better arrange what and where to eat
  • It is recommended that travelers take out their own travel accident insurance before the trip
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

Meet Up Location:

  • Higo Ozu Station

How To Get There:

  • By train: Take train from Kumamoto City to Higo Ozu, which takes 30 to 40 minutes
Cancelation Policy
  • Full refunds will be issued for cancelations made at least 7 days prior to the activity
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Reviews (81) 4.9
  • Lan 23 Jul 2018
    Hele is amazing tour guide, my mom and I had really relax and wonderful day in Takachiho. She was sharing the history and local life by story telling way with her point of views and plus 20 years living in Japan therefore it was very interesting and easy to understand. The tour was only 4 people, she can take care/ talk to everyone properly. We stayed in Fukuoka for 5 days, my mom and I are both agreed that the tour was the best and glad we signed up.
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  • Yok Fai 22 Jan 2019
    The guide is very friendly and attentative, strong recommend this trip if you want to be hassle free and visit the beautiful Torichiko Gorge!
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  • Hui Ting 1 Jun 2018
    The trip was wonderful despite the occasional rain. Helen has comprehensive understanding on the Takachiho and her English is easy to understand. Highly recommend this tour to those who don’t drive or wanna understand Japan throughly.
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  • Simin 7 Nov 2018
    I really enjoyed the trip. Helen, the guide, is really friendly and her explanation is on point (not too draggy or too brief). The pace feels just right too. I highly recommend to those who wish to explore outside of the kumamoto city to sign up for this.
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  • Chun Wing 7 Nov 2018
    I really appeciatec the instruction from Helen. She is familar with the historical and geographical informationabout takachiho. It is really nice trip that i took a walk around the valley and tried the boat trip
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  • Mei Lan 26 Sep 2018
    Miss Helen is very nice and we enjoy the trip very much, thanks Helen.
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  • TSZ YAN 28 Jun 2017
    Helen provided a lot of information and stories about the places which fruitful the trip a lot. And the scene is beautiful. Helen picked up us at the station and drive us to 高千穗directly, it saved a lot of time as we can arrive the place earlier than other tourists, no need to wait for the boat trip and restaurant. I would highly recommend my friend to join this tour. P.S The trip is in English.
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  • CHUN PING 28 Apr 2017
    We have a wounderful trip. We're so glad to enjoy the journey with Helen. Helen is an excellent guide with a responsible personality and always smile on her face. We would like to express our appreciation to her for making an unforgettable journey and highly recommended the to my friends. We wish you all the best Your faithfully Iris Lai
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  • Wing Nam Crystal 13 Oct 2016
    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.
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  • Melody 15 Nov 2018
    Helen gave us a 5-star tour. She is very knowledgeable, funny and Very accommodating. Will definitely join her tour again if i have the chance to come back to Kumamoto.
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