Takachiho, Miyazaki

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Takachiho

高千穂町
Town
Flag of Takachiho
Flag
Official seal of Takachiho
Chapter
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
CountryJapan
RegionKyushu
PrefectureMiyazaki Prefecture
DistrictNishiusuki
Government
 • MayorShingo Uchikura (内倉信吾)
Area
 • Total237.54 km2 (91.71 sq mi)
Population
 (October 1, 2019)
 • Total11,959
 • Density50/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+09:00 (JST)
City hall address13 Ōaza Mitai, Takachiho-chō, Nishiusuki-gun, Miyazaki-ken
882-1192
Websitewww.town-takachiho.jp
Symbols
BirdMeadow bunting
FlowerWisteria
TreeOgatama-no-ki

Takachiho (高千穂町, Takachiho-chō) is a town in Nishiusuki District, Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan. As of October 1, 2019, the town has an estimated population of 11,959 and a density of 50.3 persons per km². The total area is 237.54 km².

Geography[edit]

Takachiho is in the northernmost part of Miyazaki Prefecture, bordering Kumamoto Prefecture on its north and northwest sides and Ōita 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's public transportation company. Takachiho Gorge, 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 Miyazaki, it takes about three hours to get there.


Neighboring municipalities[edit]

The cave at Ama-no-Iwato Shrine

History[edit]

During World War Two, the 2nd Raiding Brigade trained in the town and were sometimes known as the Takachiho paratroopers.[1]

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 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]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Prefer, Nathan N. (2012-12-07). Leyte, 1944: The Soldiers' Battle. Casemate. ISBN 978-1-61200-155-5.

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