Takachiho Gorge in Miyazaki Prefecture is high-temperature pumice flow which erupts from the volcanic activity of Mt. Aso, and flooded into a canyon along the Gokase River. After it cooled, it was eroded by the river and was turned into a gorge once again. Steep cliffs of 80 to 100 meters stretch for 7 kilometers. It is known as one of the most picturesque places in Japan.
Manai no Taki, the Falls of Manai, pour into the gorge as one of Japan’s Top 100 waterfalls. In Japanese mythology, at the time of the descent of Amaterasu’s grandson from heaven to Japan, a god called Amenomurakumo no mikoto planted the origin of water there (previously there had been no water in that place). It is said that the water gushing from this origin became the waterfall.
I visited there in mid-April. I was taken with the beauty of fresh green of trees in the gorge.