Don't just limit yourself to Takachiho; this region has been blessed with numerous natural and cultural attractions which await the savvy traveler. Taketa, 19 miles (31 kilometers) to the south, and Aso, 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the southeast of Takachiho are good places to visit if you're keen on learning more about this region.
Kumamoto, is another good place to visit. It is approximately 35 miles (56 kilometers) from Takachiho and offers a wide range of things to see and do, such as Kumamoto Prefectural Traditional Crafts Centre, Hosokawa Gyobutei and Aso National Park. KKWing Stadium, Mount Aso and Suizenji Gardens are also good places to spend a little time.
Bridge the cultural divide by making use of a few handy Japanese words and phrases. Using a few useful phrases, such as "Isshoni odorimasenka?", which, in English means "Would you like to dance with me?", will be sure to make your trip more enjoyable. "Benjo wa doko desu ka?" ("Where's the toilet?") is also useful.
You'll hate to bid "Sayōnara" (farewell) to this unique area.