Takachiho, Miyazaki

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Takachiho
高千穂町
Town
Flag of Takachiho
Flag
Location of Takachiho in Miyazaki Prefecture
Location of Takachiho in Miyazaki Prefecture
Takachiho is located in Japan
Takachiho
Takachiho
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 32°43′N 131°18′E / 32.717°N 131.300°E / 32.717; 131.300Coordinates: 32°43′N 131°18′E / 32.717°N 131.300°E / 32.717; 131.300
Country Japan
Region Kyushu
Prefecture Miyazaki Prefecture
District Nishiusuki
Government
 • Mayor Shingo Uchikura (内倉信吾)
Area
 • Total 237.32 km2 (91.63 sq mi)
Population (February 1, 2008)
 • Total 14,262
 • Density 60.1/km2 (156/sq mi)
Symbols
 • Tree Ogatama-no-ki
 • Flower Wisteria
 • Bird Meadow bunting
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City hall address 13 Ōaza Mitai, Takachiho-chō, Nishiusuki-gun, Miyazaki-ken
882-1192
Website www.town-takachiho.jp

Takachiho (高千穂町 Takachiho-chō?) is a town located in Nishiusuki District, Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan.

Geography[edit]

Takachiho is located in the northernmost part of Miyazaki Prefecture, bordering Kumamoto Prefecture on its north and northwest sides and Oita Prefecture on its north and northeast sides. The Gokase River flows from the west to the southeast part of town. The heart of the town is at its center, around the now defunct Takachiho Station and the business office of Takachiho Kotsu, the town public transportation company. Takachiho Gorge, located in the southern part of town, is fairly famous as a tourist attraction.

Takachiho is about 120 km northwest of the prefectural capital of Miyazaki and about 80 km southeast of the city of Kumamoto. Due to no public transportation facilities, nor any national highways to the capital of Miyazaki, it takes about three hours to get there. Because it takes about half that time to get to the city of Kumamoto, ties between Takachiho and Kumamoto are getting deeper year by year. Ties to Kumamoto are not a recent development, as transportation facilities to the base of Mount Aso have existed since long ago.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

The cave at Ama-no-Iwato Shrine

History[edit]

View of Takachiho

Mythology[edit]

According to Japanese mythology, Takachiho is the land where Ninigi descended from the heavens, sent by Amaterasu, the sun goddess. It also contains the Ama-no-Iwato shrine which is, according to myth, the location of the cave where Amaterasu hid until Ame-no-Uzume lured her out.

Education[edit]

Prefectural high schools[edit]

  • Takachiho High School

Junior high schools[edit]

  • Takachiho Junior High School
  • Tabaru Junior High School
  • Iwato Junior High School
  • Kamino Junior High School

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Takachiho Elementary School
  • Oshikata Elementary School
  • Tabaru Elementary School
  • Iwato Elementary School
  • Kamino Elementary School

Transportation[edit]

Air[edit]

The nearest airport is Kumamoto Airport.

Rail[edit]

  • Takachiho Railway
    • Takachiho Line (inactive)
      • Ama-no-iwato Station - Takachiho Station

Road[edit]

Scenic and historic places[edit]

Takachiho-kyo(Gorge) and Manai waterfall

Takachiho is the heart of the Himuka Myth Road, which extends throughout Miyazaki.

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