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  • Korankei
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    Aichi Pref. Toyotashi Asukechou Imori
    A mountain stream just in front of the point where the Yahagi River, its tributaries the Tomoe River and Asuke River meet. Here you can experience a naturally beautiful landscape whose appearance changes with the seasons. In spring, the area is carpeted with the elegant, pink blossoms of wild Asian fawnlilies. In summer, you can enjoy boating on the river and caressing summer breezes surrounded by new greenery. In fall, 11 varieties of maple show their autumn colors, said to be the most beautiful fall foliage in the Tokai region. In winter, falling snow creates an elegant atmosphere.
  • Takachiho Gorge
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    Miyazaki Pref. Nishiusukiguntakachihochou Mitai Please Shioi
    This gorge owes its roots to pyroclastic flow that was discharged from the Aso caldera due to volcanic activity and flowed down along the Gokasegawa River. These pyroclastic deposits rapidly cooled and formed cliffs of columnar joints, which then experienced years of erosion from the Gokasegawa River, resulting in a V-shaped gorge. The approximately 100-meter high cliffs extend for seven kilometers, and the sunlight that filters through the tall cliffs and various trees above pours down into the clear streams of the river to create a mysterious atmosphere. One of the sights in the area is Manai Falls, a magnificent waterfall with a 17-meter cascade of water which has been selected as one of Japan’s top 100 waterfalls. Visitors can rent a rowboat and look up at the beautiful gradation of light.
  • Nachi Waterfall (Hiro Jinja Shrine)
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    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunnachikatsurachou Nachisan
    This betsugu (associated shrine) of Kumano Nachi Taisha honors the deity of the Nachi-no-Taki waterfall. Boasting Japan’s largest uninterrupted drop of 133 meters, the waterfall is 13 meters wide and has a plunge basin with a depth of 10 meters. It is lit up a night during New Year’s Eve and is one of Japan’s top three waterfalls. Close to the waterfall is a viewing area where visitors can drink water from the plunge basin which is said to be water for longevity.

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  • Naruko Gorge
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    Miyagi Pref. Osakishi Narukonsen Hoshinuma
    This gorge was formed at the southern foot of Mt. Hanabuchi by the Oyagawa River. The sides are precipitous, with drops from 80 to100 meters high, and stretch for about three kilometers. The fall leaves here are a famous sight, and this is designated one of Miyagi Prefecture’s top sights. There’s a maintained walking trail stretching about 2.5 kilometers along the river, taking about an hour to walk, and offering a gorgeous view of not only the forest but also rock formations created by the river’s erosion. The Narukokyo Resthouse in particular offers a stunning view of the Obukazawa Bridge contrasted against the leaves.
  • Sumata Gorge
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    Shizuoka prefecture Haibara-gun Kawane Honcho Dimakosu Onsen
    This gorge is located in Kawanehoncho, Haibara County, Shizuoka Prefecture. Some of its attractions include the Yume no Tsuribashi suspension bridge, which spans Oma Dam Lake, as well beautiful seasonal scenery including fresh spring greenery and colorful autumn foliage. Vestiges of the area's once-thriving forestry industry such as Hiryu Bridge and the area's trekking trails have been transformed into a sightseeing promenade. The area also serves as the trailhead for climbing Mt. Asahidake, Mt. Maekurohoshi, and Mt. Sawaguchi, and other mountains in the deep south Southern Alps.
  • Mitake Shosenkyo Gorge
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    Kofu city, Yamanashi prefecture
    Designated a Special Place of Scenic Beauty, Mitake Shosenkyo Gorge is said to be the most picturesque valley in Japan. There is a lot to see here including cliffs and strange rocks, and powerful waterfalls like Senga-taki Falls. And especially in autumn, the contrast of the red and yellow trees against the bare white rock is a fine sight indeed. Enjoy the beauty created by nature while taking a walk along the river side.
  • Taishakukyo Gorge
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    Hiroshima prefecture Shobara-shi Dongcheng-cho/Kamishi Takahara-cho
    A gorge 18 kilometers long straddling the towns of Tojo and Jinsekikogen in Shobara City Hiroshima Prefecture. The gorge is one of the major scenic features making up Hiba-Dogo-Taishaku Quasi-National Park. It is also a nationally designated Place of Scenic Beauty. The beautiful gorge follows the flow of the Taishaku River. Some of its many highlights include limestone caves created through erosion, a giant natural stone bridge, and various curiously shaped rocks and boulders. The manmade Lake Shinryu is surrounded by the beauty of fresh verdure in spring and gorgeous fall foliage in autumn, and you can also enjoy the scenery from on the lake via a pleasure cruise.
  • Sandan-kyo Valley
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    Hiroshima ken Yamagata gun Aki Ota-cho
    The Sandan-kyo Valley is a long ravine in Akiota Town, Yamagata County, Hiroshima Prefecture, which cuts along the Shibaki River. It has been designated as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty. Visitors will be able to enjoy the magnificent scenery with some places resembling Japanese gardens or landscape paintings with the trees and waterfalls coloring the gorge and the emerald green of the water creating a spectacularly beautiful valley picture. Especially worth seeing are the so called five big sights comprising the Kuro-fuchi Pool, the Sarutobi, the Nidan-no taki and Sandan-no-taki (Two Step and Three Step Falls), and the Mitsutaki Falls. Sandan-kyo Valley is a place visited by many tourists especially during the autumn when the leaves are changing color. Visitors can enjoy walking along the promenade, taking a riverboat or even have a go at some kayaking.
  • Kiyotsu Gorge
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    Nigata Pref. Tokamachishi Koide
    In 1862, local people built a hot springs bath at Kiyotsu Gorge; in 1941, the Gorge was officially designated a Natural Monument, and in 1949 it was included as part of the newly-established Joshinetsu-Kogen National Park. It is well worth seeing, both for the beauty of the Gorge and for the spectacular columnar joint rock formations. Kiyotsu Gorge is beautiful at any time of year, but visitors should note that the tunnel that gives access to the Gorge is closed between mid-January and late March.
  • Ena Gorge
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    Gifu Pref. Enashi Oichou Enakyo
    This place developed as a result of the dam constructed during the Taisho period, becoming a beautifully verdant prefectural park, and then named Ena Gorge in 1920. A walkway has been created on the peninsula jutting out into the gorge, and there is also a tour boat, allowing you to enjoy different views. Approximately 15 minutes by car from JR Ena Station.
  • Kiyotsu Valley Tunnel
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    Nigata Pref. Tokamachishi Koide
    This walking tunnel is in Joshinetsu Kogen National Park in Tokamachi. It opened as a tourist location in October of 1996 as a place where you can safely see Kiyotsu Gorge, one of Japan's three largest gorges. There are three viewing platforms along the 750-meter long tunnel with a panorama station at the deepest part. Here you can appreciate the country's beautiful natural gorges and columnar jointing topography designated as a National Natural Monument. No matter the season, be it the new sprouting leaves of spring, the verdant greens of summer, the crimson colors of fall, or the fresh snow of winter, lots of tourists come to enjoy the ever-changing beauty of the gorge. The tunnel is closed from mid-January to late March.
  • Shinyabakei Hitome Hakkei (eight different views at a glance)
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    Oita Pref. Nakatsushi Yabakeimachishinyaba
    This is a ravine of broad leaf forest and open rugged rock tuff. Its name derives from the fact one can see eight stone peaks including Tobisuyama, Meotoiwa, and Oshikanagaonomine. One can enjoy seasonal scenery from the fresh green of early summer to the reds of autumn, but it is the autumn which is most beautiful. A stream of visitors come to see the beautiful natural shapes formed by the contrast of red, gold and remaining green leaves against the black of stone. A public parking facility lies just a five-minute walk away.
  • Tsukechi Gorge
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    Gifu Pref. Nakatsugawashi Tsukechichou
    Tsukechi Gorge is a marvelous natural environment in which to relax and unwind. It has been ranked as one of the best 33 places to view autumn foliage in the Hida and Mino region. The sparkling Tsukechi River and the coloration of the leaves on the trees are so beautiful that they almost take your breath away. The footpath in Fudo Park is ideal for taking a refreshing walk in the woods. In the spring, visitors can see flowers such as rhododendron and azalea; in the summer, they can enjoy camping or fishing.
  • Genbikei Gorge
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    Iwate Pref. Ichinosekishi Gembichou Minamitakinoue
    Genbikei is a valley of the Iwai River originating in Mt. Kurikoma and flowing to Ichinoseki City, Iwate Prefecture. Dynamic landscapes such as waterfalls, strangely shaped and magical rocks continue for two kilometers. The specialty of Genbikei is of course the Kakko-dango Dumplings. When ordering and paying, you place your money in a basket attached to a rope stretched to the other side. After sounding a wooden hammer, the basket is pulled up and the dumplings and tea are delivered in return instead. Fun to watch, and delicious to eat.
  • Kankakei
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    Kagawa Pref. Shouzugunshoudoshimachou Kankakedori
    Shodoshima offers scenery to enjoy in all four seasons. Kankakei, located nearly in the center of the island, is a valley located between the island’s highest peak of Mt. Hoshigajo and Shihozashi. Andesite and agglomerate, which formed approximately 13 million years ago due to volcanic activity, have turned over a long period of time into strangely shaped rocks and bizarre stones. From the ropeway visitors can enjoy fresh green foliage in the early summer, the intense colors of the leaves in the autumn, and the beauty of the Seto Inland Sea, and even encounter unusual flora and fauna on the hiking trail. It is ranked as one of Japan’s three most beautiful gorges, and this valley offers some of Shodoshima’s most picturesque scenery.
  • Mitarai Gorge
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    Nara Pref. Yoshinoguntenkawamura Kitozumi
    Large and small waterfalls cascade into emerald green waters in this fantastical gorge. The sight of the forceful water flowing beneath the swinging bridge is as beautiful a scene can be. The natural beauty that can be seen by walking the paths along the river’s edge is beautiful in any season but the autumn foliage is especially recommended.
  • Agatsuma Gorge
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    Naganohara-cho, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma prefecture
    A 3.5 kilometer long gorge extending from the Gangasawa Bridge spanning the Agatsuma River to the Yanba Bridge. Created by the waters of the river eroding lava spewed by an ancient volcano, this beautiful gorge is referred to as the “Yaba Gorge of Kanto,” a reference to another beautiful gorge. Hiking in the area is particularly recommended around mid-April when the Rhododendron dilatatums come into bloom, in May when the new green of spring emerges, and from late October to early November when the fall foliage is at its best. The sightseeing trail starting at Shishitobi Bridge takes about 25 minutes to walk one way; some of the trail’s many highlights include overhanging cliffs, curious rock formations, waterfalls, and a viewing platform offering a sweeping view of the gorge.
  • Ritsuun Gorge
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    Hyougo Pref. Asagoshi Wadayamachoutakeda
    A picturesque area located partway up Mt. Asago in Takeda Wadayama-cho, Asago City. Dotted with ponds, waterfalls, huge boulders, and stunning rock formations, the gorge is also Japan's most renowned place for viewing cherry blossoms in San'in region, and in the spring cherry trees 300 years old come into bloom. The gorge is also located across the Maruyama River from Takeda Castle and is famous for its view of the castle floating on a sea of clouds which forms when conditions are right.
  • Jakuchi Gorge
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Iwakunishi Nishikimachiusa
    This 300-meter-tall gorge in Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture is one of the three largest gorges in Nishi-Chugoku Sanchi Quasi-National Park. The gorge splits into Inumodoshi Gorge and Ryugatake Gorge, with many waterfalls lining the Inumodoshi Gorge trail and strangely shaped rocks and grottos along Ryugatake Gorge. The gorge is also used for cultivating wasabi as well as drinking water because of its abundant springs. It was selected as one of Japan's 100 remarkable waters with a wide variety of flora and fauna.
  • Chomonkyo Gorge
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    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Prefecture Yamaguchi-shi / Tokyo / Hagi-shi Kawakami
    A 12-kilometer gorge in Yamaguchi City. It is known for its beautiful array of unique rocks, waterfalls and abysses. There is a promenade around the gorge which attracts many hikers and trekkers. Visitors can enjoy cherry blossom in spring and autumn foliage in autumn, and this place is also visited as summer resorts.

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