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using public transportation Winter

Takachiho Gorge

Miyazaki Sta. → Takachiho Gorge

Miyazaki Kotsu Express Bus 2h40m 

Reservation is required


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.

About 20min by walk and BUS …

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”

About 25min

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

About 35min

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