Passing on the legends to the present
Amano Iwato Shrine is located about 7 kilometers to the northeast of the center of Takachiho-cho. It is a shrine which passes on the famous legend of Amano Iwato.
Surrounded by nature from ancient times
At Amano Iwato Shrine, Amano Iwato, the cave in which Amaterasu-Omikami is said to have hidden, is designated as an object of worship. There are two shrines on the east and west side of Iwato River. The East Shrine is dedicated to Amaterasu-Omikami, and the West Shrine is dedicated to “”Amano Iwaya””. “”Amano Iwato”” is a holy sanctuary, so trespassing is prohibited, but if you inquire at the shrine office, you will be shown to the observation deck. When you walk about ten minutes from the West Shrine, there is Amano Yasukawara, where the all the gods and goddesses gathered to have a discussion. Many people visit here, because it is said that if you stack stones and make a wish, the wish will come true.
We then drove a ways to visit Kunimigaoka. This is the place known for the sea of clouds. Legend has it that the grandson of Emperor Jinmu, Tate Watatsumi-no-Mikoto, looked down over the countries of Kyushu from this hill, and prayed for success in the unification of Kyushu. Thus the name Kuni (countries) mi (look). From the hill 513 meters in altitude, one can observe the entire Takachiho Basin, spreading along the Gokase River, a splendid scenery representative of Takachiho.
- Amano Iwato Shrine
- Iwato, Takachiho-cho, Nishiusuki-gun, Miyazaki Prefecture
- URL http://amanoiwato-jinja.jp/publics/index/1/#googtrans(ja|en)