Water wears away the stones.
Steter Tropfen höhlt den Stein.
Takachiho Gorge (高千穂峡, Takachiho-kyō) is a narrow chasm cut through the rock by the Gokase River. The nearly sheer cliffs lining the gorge are made of slow forming volcanic basalt columns which resemble the scales of a dragon where the stone twisted and flowed as it formed.
Partway along the gorge is the 17 meter high Minainotaki waterfall cascading down to the river below, and it is truly impressive to see the waterfall against a backdrop of dense green foliage and the surrounding grey cliffs.
Takachiho is not only famous for its gorge, it is also the creator of ‘Nagashi Soumen’ – ‘flowing noodles’ just about the most fun way to eat noodles ever! This simple and refreshing summer dish is made of super thin wheat flour noodles, plunged into ice cold water eaten with a very tasty dipping sauce and chives.
The fun part is chasing, catching and scooping the mouthful sized portions of the noodles out of the fast flowing water. In most of Japan you can only eat Nagashi Somen during the summer, but in Takachiho, it is available all the way up to the end of November.
Sun goddess Amaterasu, saddened by violence on earth, sent her grandson Niniginomikoto down from the heavens to help bring peace and to plant rice. The mist-enshrouded Takachiho Gorge is where he is said to have descended.
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