Takachiho Gorge, Takachiho in the Miyazaki Prefecture of Japan is a one-kilometer long narrow chasm flanked by sheer cliffs that are really volcanic basalt columns which are still in the process of formation. The gorge is cut through the rocks of the Gokase River. The upper parts of those basalt columns with the twisting and flowing patterns of their stones are said to resemble the scales on a dragon's back.
Some way along the gorge, you'll find the impressive Minainotaki waterfall set off beautifully against the backdrop of the gray cliffs and dense green foliage. From the southern end of the gorge, you can hire a rental boat to row your way through the calm waters of the gorge. However, there is also a walking trail running alongside the gorge that offers the visitors a perspective from above.
At the end of the Takachiho-kyo (the gorge), you'll find the Takachiho Shrine. During summer months, the gorge stays illuminated until 10 in the night.