Beautiful gorge with its waterfall, overhanging rocks and sheer walls via Tsujun Bridge


Tour Number

Activity Level



Day Trip / Out of Town, Hiking and Walking, Nature and Wildlife, Youth and Family


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.
You must get in and get out of a car with help. Taking a boat is not possible, but I will take you to a good view point of the gorge and Manai Waterfall.

Maximum travelers: 10



English (fluent), Japanese (fluent)

Waterfalls cascding from precipitous cliffs

The Takachiho Gorge is a V-shaped gorge, created by the Gokase River, which eroded the Aso lava erupted over 100, 000 years ago. Manai waterfall cascades down to the river below, and it is truly impressive to see the waterfall against a backdrop of dense green foliage and the cliffs. You can enjoy the scenery by rowing down the river and walking the path along the gorge. The gorge is decorated with mountain cherry blossoms and the flowers of azaleas and wisteria from spring till early summer, and red and yellow leaves in fall. Takachiho is associated with the myths and legends of the founding of the nation. There are many interesting sightseeing spots connected to the myths, including Takachiho Shrine, Amanoiwato Shrine, etc. It is not easy to access to Takachiho with public transportation. I will take you to Takachio with a chartered car and show you around Takachiho! If time permits, you may visit Tsujun Bridge and/or enjoy the scenery of the southern Aso area.


9:00 leave your hotel or meeing place in Kumamoto City
10:10 Tsujun Bridge (stone bridge)
11:00 Arrive at Takaciho, visit the gorge, including the popular boat riding and walking along side the gorge, Takachiho Shrine, Amanoiwato and Amano Yasugawara and lunch at a local restaurant
15:00 leave Takachiho for Kumamoto
17:00 return to your hotel

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Your hotel in town or JR Kumamoto St. or Kumamoto Airport

End location: Your hotel in town or JR Kumamoto St. or Kumamoto Airport

Duration: 8 hours 30 min.


A chartered taxi with an experienced driver is booked for this tour.

What’s Included

The tour costs includes the guide's fee and other costs for me such as lunch and transportation.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

28000 JY - Fee for transportation cost varies depending on the number of the guests. I will obtain quotation from car companies upon request. For example, JY25,000 for 3 people, about yen40,000 for 4 to 8 people.

What’s Extra

Boat (capacity is 3 person) fee of yen 2,000 for 30 minutes and your meal

A Recent Review of this tour

Highly recommended. Kobori-san is extremely patient before and during the trip. She was extremely thorough in introducing the history and highlights of the attractions. Our schedule: Kumamoto > Shirakawa Suigen > shochu brewery (takachiho) > Takachiho Gorge (boat ride) > Amanoyasugawara > sake brewery (aso) > South Aso > Aso We visited plenty of scenery spots and were able to make the best use of our time because of Kobori-san's directions. We definitely recommend this tour!
Ch Chan

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