Amanoiwato Shrine

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Amanoiwato-jinja (天岩戸神社) is a Shinto shrine located in Takachiho, Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan. It is dedicated to the sun goddess Amaterasu and sits above the gorge containing Ama-no-Iwato, the cave where, according to Japanese legend, the goddess hid after battle with her brother, plunging the world into darkness until lured out by the spirit of merriment Ame-no-Uzume.

Torii at Ama-no-Iwato Shrine, Takachiho, Miyazaki Prefecture.jpg
Torii at Amanoiwato-jinja
Location1073-1, Iwato, Takachiho
Nishiusuki District
Miyazaki 882-1621
Amanoiwato Shrine is located in Japan
Amanoiwato Shrine
Shown within Japan
Geographic coordinates32°44′04″N 131°21′02″E / 32.73444°N 131.35056°E / 32.73444; 131.35056Coordinates: 32°44′04″N 131°21′02″E / 32.73444°N 131.35056°E / 32.73444; 131.35056
Shinto torii icon vermillion.svg Glossary of Shinto

The Amano-Iwato cave is an object of worship in festivals and is a rock cave on the other side of the Iwato River from nishihongū. You can see the cave from nishihongū after participating in a Shinto ritual for purification.[1]



  1. ^ "Amano-iwato Shrine - Japan National Tourism Organization". Japan national tourism organization. Retrieved 3 May 2017.

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