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Takamori the Home of Mythology

Takamori the Home of Mythology

Takamori-machi, located in the easternmost of Kumamoto Prefecture at the center of Kyushu, is a "good, livable town" thanks to the world-famous Aso-san mountain, lush greenery, clean water sources and safe agricultural products from the cold highland conditions.

Takamori the Home of Mythology
Takamori the Home of Mythology

Hikoyainomikoto got rid of a serpent, which was afflicting the residents, and built Kusakabe Yoshimi Shrine on the reclaimed pond. This is a rare "downhill shrine" and is counted as one of "Japan's three major downhill shrines." Takeiwa Tatsunomikoto is known for a myth in which he received an order from the Emperor Jimmu to cultivate the Aso and proliferate agriculture with the support of his wife Aso Tohime.

Takamori-machi has many places that were named after mythologies and folklores with shrines and temples built in respect.

The town's mysterious feature is gaining popularity for a tourist spot among the people in the know.

"Good, livable town"
"Mysterious town where myths and folklores live"

Come and experience Takamori-machi!

Overview of Takamori-machi

Takamori-machi, Aso, has mythologies of Hikoyainomikoto and Takeiwa Tatsunomikoto, who are the Japan's first Emperor, the father of the imperial line, a descendant of Amaterasu and the son of Emperor Jinmu in the oldest logs Kojiki and Nihon Shoki.


Four Seasons of Takamori


This is a particularly pleasant time for everyone including animals and plants, as grasses sprout, and animals wake up from hibernation and come down from the mountains. Many events featuring cherry blossoms and violets are carried out, and a variety of wild plants, including fatsia sprouts, are available.


This area's temperature is lower than other regions of the prefecture and little more than 30 ℃ even in August, so it's comfortable without air conditioning throughout the day. It is also a good season for the summer vegetables that have been grown in the cool highlands.


Many events from a local harvest festival to large-scale exhibits appealing to the outer town take place in this season. Food is also delicious at this time of the year, but healthcare is important after the short summer to prepare for the upcoming cold season.


This region is bitter cold with snow once piled up a few meters high. In January a festival called Dondoya takes place to pray for good health and rich harvest.


ICT Environment

Takamori-machi provides a fiber-optic network to provide administrative information to all households in town. Thus, the communication environment in town has dramatically improved, and the administrative service contents on offer have also changed significantly.

The New Education Plan of Takamori-machi, Kumamoto Prefecture

We promote education, which makes children proud of Takamori, embrace their dream and driven with energy.

  • The New Education Plan of Takamori-machi, Kumamoto Prefecture

    To foster a
    "rich spirit"and"solid academic skills"within the children of Takamori.

  • The New Education Plan of Takamori-machi, Kumamoto Prefecture

    To promote "school building along with the region," which was taking advantage of the regional force of Takamori.

  • The New Education Plan of Takamori-machi, Kumamoto Prefecture

    To promote the
    "development of the educational environment" in cooperation with the Takamori government.

  • The New Education Plan of Takamori-machi, Kumamoto Prefecture

    To promote "activation of Takamori-machi Education and Research Society" enhancing the quality of the local faculty and staff.

We are committed to following measures, prioritizing consistency through the elementary and junior high schools and hometown education based on the community schools.

  • 1.Introduction of the Community Schools

    We have been "building new school models through cooperation with chief departments" as the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry's commissioned project since fiscal 2015.

  • 2.Consistent Education through the Elementary and Junior High Schools

    The "regional-base project of English education reinforcement" as the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry (MEXT)'s commissioned project since fiscal 2015: four schools in town are designated by MEXT

  • 3.Promotion of Hometown Education

    ●Creation of the "Takamori hometown studies"
    ●"Our Takamori-machi" published as a side reader of social studies in the elementary school
    ●"The Spirit of Takamori"published as a side reader of moral education in the elementary and junior high school

  • 4.Development of the Educational Environment

    ●Development of the ICT environment in all the elementary and junior high schools. Introduction of the electronic blackboard, digital textbooks and tablet devices
    ●Arrangement of the faculty by municipal expenses
    ●Enhancement of educational counseling , child care assistance

    The "demonstration projects relating to the improvement of the education quality through the use of ICT in declining-population society" has been carried out as the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry's commissioned project since fiscal 2015.

  • 5.Activation of Takamori-machi Education and Research Society

    ●Quality enhancement of faculty and staff with a focus on the principal
    ●Promotion of Takamori-machi education plan


Childcare Environment

Once the baby is born

Once the baby is born
  • Gift payment for birth:

    First child: 50,000 yen
    Second child: 100,000 yen
    Third child: 200,000 yen

  • Baby visits by health nurses:

    For the 2-months to 3-month olds

  • Medical examination for infants:

    Physical measurement, interviews, medical examination, health guidance, nutritional guidance, etc.

Childcare Support

Childcare Support
  • Medical expense subsidies:

    We will subsidize the medical expenses of infants up to junior high school students among the insured or the dependents by each social insurance law, who receive medical cares from clinics and hospitals.

  • Bookstart:

    As a part of the NPO bookstart activities, we will present a picture book and the "experience to enjoy the picture book with the baby."

  • Giveaways of school bags, etc.

    A school bag or a gift certificate (worth 50,000 yen) for school supplies and school consumables is awarded from the town to all the new, first-year, elementary school children.

From April 1, 2016, the target age of "Takamori Machi child medical care subsidy system" It will be expanded and subsidized by the first March 31st after the date of full 18 years old.
However, excluding those who are working as married / social workers (except for "working student").

Takamori-machi Child Care Support Center

Experienced staff with qualification of nursery and primary school teachers will provide parenting information, stress management and friend-making tips among parents, consult food education, etc. via workshops, and interviews.

Opening Date
Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Opening time
10 am - 3 pm
Target audience:
・preschool infants of town residents and their parents, pregnant women
・Preschool infants and their parents, pregnant women who are homecoming to town
・Preschool infants and their parents, pregnant women of nearby towns and villages
Takamori-machi Child Care Support Center TEL.0967-62-3311
Takamori-machi Child Care Support Center

Takamori Kindergarten each also support parenting!

Takamori Kindergarten

Takamori Kindergarten

We have launched a childcare fellow club (Donguri Club) as a gathering of pre-kindergarten children and their parents at Takamori kindergarten. Round-table meetings and parent-child gymnastics,etc. are held.

Opening Date
Twice a month
※Contact us directly for dates due to our uncertain schedule of events, etc.
Opening time
10:00 am to 11:45 am
Entry fee:
We have a non-membership system (open to people out of town,) in which participation is up to individuals whenever possible.
Takamori kindergarten TEL.0967-62-0094


Medical facilities in town

Medical facilities in town
Subject The name of the hospital Address Tel
Internal medicine Hirata clinic 1613-6 Takamori, Takamori-machi 0967-62-0216
Mahara internal medicine clinic 1678 Takamori, Takamori-machi 0967-62-0646
Watanabe general medicine clinic 2022-3 Takamori, Takamori-machi 0967-65-2201
Surgery Nangodani orthopedic surgeon 2186-1 Takamori, Takamori-machi 0967-62-3351
Dentistry Katayama dental clinic 993-5 Takamori, Takamori-machi 0967-62-1971
MImori dental clinic 1973-3 Takamori, Takamori-machi 0967-62-2005


Educational facilities in town

Subject School name Address
kindergarten Takamori kindergarten 1949-1 Takamori, Takamori-machi
Nursery Shikimi Nursery 1135 Shikimi, Takamori-machi
Takamori Nursery 1610 Takamori, Takamori-machi
Takamori east nursery 1894-1 NOjiri, Takamori-machi
Elementary school Takamori Higashi Elementary School 1897 Nojiri, Takamori-machi
Takamori Central Elementary School 1100 Takamori, Takamori-machi
Junior high school Takamori Higashi Junior High School 1912 Nojiri, Takamori-machi
Takamori junior high school 1955 Takamori, Takamori-machi
high school Kumamoto Prefectural Takamori High School 1557 Takamori, Takamori-machi


Information on disaster

Information of traffic

And information of the shelter of each region in the event of a disaster , will guide you through the contact information such as lifeline .

Shelter information

Region Name of facility Address Tel
Takamori Takamori Central Elementary School gymnasium 1100 Takamori, Takamori-machi 0967-62-0038
Takamori junior high school gymnasium 1955 Takamori, Takamori-machi 0967-62-0226
Takamori Research Center 2168 Takamori, Takamori-machi 0967-62-1111
Takamori-machi Furong Museum 1258-1 Takamori, Takamori-machi 0967-62-2158
Ryohei elementary school gymnasium 995 Oaza Ryohei, Minami Aso Village 0967-62-0126
Shikimi Trials Lifelong Learning Center gymnasium 1136 Shikimi, Takamori-machi
Trials Research Center 1135 Shikimi, Takamori-machi
Kamishikimi Takamori townsman gymnasium 2813 Kamishikimi, Takamori-machi 0967-62-2991
Kusakabe Kusakabe Research Center 2286 Kusakabe, Takamori-machi
Kusakabe Lifelong Learning Center gymnasium 1533 Seriguchi, Takamori-machi
Takamori Nature School 223 Yatsuda, Takamori-machi
Nojiri Takamori Higashi Elementary School gymnasium 1897 Nojiri, Takamori-machi 0967-65-0022
Takamori Higashi Junior High School gymnasium 1912 Nojiri, Takamori-machi 0967-65-0023
Kawahara Lifelong Learning Center gymnasium 3113 Kawahara, Takamori-machi
Takamori Machi Hoyukan 43-1 Tsuru, Takamori-machi 0967-65-0211
Okudari gymnasium 3920 Okudari, Takamori-machi

Contact list of public bodies and life lines, etc.

Urgent message to the police(Accidents and incidents) 110 Takamori police station 0967-62-0110
Urgent message to the fire(Fire or injury) 119 Aso regional administrative affairs association firefighting headquarters 0967-34-0024
Aso regional administrative affairs association Southern Precinct 0967-62-9034
Nojiri Kusakabe Minute stationed plant 0967-64-0219
Takamori-machi firefighting team headquarters 0967-62-1111
(Extension 113)
Office , branch office Takamori Town Hall 0967-62-1111
Kusakabe branch 0967-64-0211
Nojiri branch 0967-65-0211
Institutions of Kumamoto Prefecture Aso Regional Promotion Bureau 0967-22-1111
(Emergency dial)
Lifeline -related organizations Kyushu Electric Power Co., Ltd., Otsu office 0120-986-602
NTT West Japan Co., Ltd. Aso office 0967-22-0977
Takamori Water Partnership 0967-62-0248
Takamori gas delivery union 0967-62-0025
Kai store 0967-64-0012
JA Aso Takamori gas station 0967-62-2678
Takamori oil cooperatives 0967-62-0628
Takamori-machi construction industry union 0967-62-1158
Nikken professional skills union Aso Southern Branch 0967-62-3325
Nojiri skill workers union 0967-65-0217
NTT Disaster Emergency Message Dial 171


Traffic Information

Traffic Information

Arriving by car:

Due to the Kumamoto Earthquake in April 2016, the access route (infrastructure) to the Aso District has been damaged because roads have been partially closed requiring detour.

When visiting the Aso District, please utilize "Aso District access map" showing accessible roads to the Aso District released by the Kyusyu Regional Development Bureau, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

 ●Aso District access route map ⇒ http://www.qsr.mlit.go.jp/bousai_joho/tecforce/pdf/asoaccess

People who come by bus

Kyushu Sanko Bus" "Takamori Express" runs three times a day.
About 2 hours from Kumamoto station front (13: 00/17: 00/18: 50) to Takamori center.

※Currently, it is in operation at the special time of disaster, but with the opening of the "Tawarayama" tunnel, the detour route has been changed.
For details on the "Takamori Express" and "Kumamoto ⇔ Takachiho / Nobeoka line (Takachiho issue)", please check the following site.

【Sanko bus portal site】 https://www.kyusanko.co.jp/

People who come by train

Transfer from Kagoshima Main Line "Kumamoto Station" to Toyoshi Main Line and get off at "Tateno Station".
Change to Minami-Aso railroad and come to the terminal point "Takamori station".