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Exploring Amano-Iwato, the Celestial Cave, in Miyazaki Prefecture

Imano Iwato Shrine
Entering the cave at Amano Iwato Shrine The story of Amano Iwato Shrine and its celestial cave begins with the tale of the divine couple Izanagi-no-kami and Izanami-no-kami who give birth to the Japanese islands and various other...

Takachiho Gorge: Rowing through Southern Japan

An hour and a half from Kumamoto, the Takachiho Gorge cuts deep through Southern Kyushuu. Shifting volcanic basalt formed the striated gorge aeons ago, causing early visitors to drawn comparisons with the scales of a dragon. A trip to the gorge allows...