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Takachiho Amaterasu Railway

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The highlight of the Takachiho Amaterasu Railway is the spectacular view from Takachiho Bridge, the highest railway bridge in Japan.
From a roofless train traveling at a height of 105 meters above ground, passengers can enjoy panoramic views of Takachiho's beautiful rice terraces and natural landscape, which have been designated as a World Agricultural Heritage site.
In addition to the views, the Takachiho Amaterasu Railway offers other features to enhance the enjoyment of passengers, making the 30-minute train journey feel almost too short.

The Takachiho Amaterasu Railway is a railway line that was abandoned after it suffered severe damage in a major typhoon in 2005, but was restored as a sightseeing railway through the dedication and efforts of the local community. With the aim of operating in a way that does not place a heavy burden on the environment, the carts are powered by bio-diesel fuel made from waste cooking oil.

Visitors can also operate a real railway car on the Takachiho Amaterasu Railway. There is no need to worry as careful guidance is provided by an instructor. *Please check the website for details.

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More Information about Takachiho Amaterasu Railway

Street address

1425-1 Mitai, Takachiho-cho, Nishiusuki-gun, Miyazaki Prefecture


  • 15 minutes on foot from the Takachiho Bus Center

Opening Hours


Every third Thursday


Best season

All year


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