using public transportation Winter
Miyazaki Sta. → Takachiho Gorge
Miyazaki Kotsu Express Bus 2h40m
Miyazaki Sta. →Nobeoka Sta.
By rail: JR Kyushu Nippo Line 1h30m
Nobeoka Sta. → Takachiho Bus Center
To Miyazaki Kotsu Takachiho Bus Center (via bypass) 1h30m
Takachiho Bus center → Takachiho Gorge 30min by walk
A famous location where you can rent a rowboat and get up close to the Manai waterfall which has been selected as one of the top 100 waterfalls of Japan. In the Japanese mythology, this lake was originally dry. It is said that a deity planted the seed of water here, which became the source of the water. The gorge is designated as a scenic location and natural monument of Japan whose beauty changes depending on the season you visit. It is not only a stunning location but a spiritual place where you can feel the power of nature. Access: Get off the bus at the Takachiho stop. Around 10 min walk. Car Park available.
Reservations for renting a boat can be made on the website. (Try Google Translate since the website is only in Japanese)
The reservation website is below.
Gokase Highland Ski Field
Takachiho Gorge → In front of Hotel Takachiho
About 15min by walk
In front of Hotel Takachiho → Akatani
Miyazaki Kotsu Bus to “Gokase-Cho Municipal Hospital”
Mon/ Wed/ Fri (departure at 7:38, 1:00 pm) use the available community bus
Get on at “Municipal Hospital” → get off at “Haki”
take a taxi toward Ski Field General Information Center
The most southern Ski Field in Japan. At an elevation of 1,610m the snow here is like dried powder. Notable courses include the Paradise Course, which is the longest course (1,000m) that also has the biggest elevation difference (190m) in Kyushu and the Dynamic Course, which is quite difficult with a maximum angle of 30°. But neophytes need not worry, there is also a beginner’s course. Skiers of all levels can enjoy the diverse courses at Gokase Highland Ski Field.
Open Season reference: December 13th, 2019 ~ March 1st, 2020
Translated by Talbot Cullen/ Mai