Amano Iwato Shrine

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Entrance (Photo: Entrance – fjt1986 / CC BY-ND 2.0)

Amano Iwato Shrine in Miyazaki Prefecture is a shrine dedicated to the sun goddess Amaterasu. Located above the picturesque Amano Iwato gorge, the shrine's location next to Amano Iwato cave is pivotal to the origin story of Amaterasu. According to Japanese folklore, the Amano Iwato cave is where the goddess Amaterasu hid after a battle with her brother, which caused the world to go into darkness without her light. This is one of the most famous legends in Japan.



1073番地1 Iwato, Takachiho, Nishiusuki District, Miyazaki 882-1621 (Map) (Directions)


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Opening Hours

Monday Open 24 hours
Tuesday Open 24 hours
Wednesday Open 24 hours
Thursday Open 24 hours
Friday Open 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
Holidays Open 24 hours




General Amenities

  • Information Counter
  • Free guides/pamphlets
  • Coin lockers


15-minute bus ride from Takachiho Bus Center (1-2 hourly intervals)

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