Deep in the sacred mountains, a spiritual place full of atmosphere, is the birthplace of Japanese mythology. A visit to the Takachiho region takes you to the places where the gods first alighted on Earth, hid in caves, and created the first water spring.

More than one million Japanese visit Takachiho every year, yet few foreigners are aware of this magical and mysterious region that remains not unlike how it was generations ago. See the wonderful Kagura dances to the gods that have been performed since ancient times. Take a walk in the mountains, imbibe the sacred waters of mountain springs, and find your own path. You'll marvel at how the people of ancient times in these parts could create myths that so perfectly matched their environment. You'll marvel even more at the sense that these myths are still a part of everyday life in the region. An overnight stay is recommended to see the many sights and soak up the atmosphere. A day trip, while possible, doesn't really give you a full enough sense of the place.

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