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Kamui Kotan神居古潭


Located approximately 40 minutes by car from JR Asahikawa Station and 50 minutes from Asahikawa Airport, this gorge at the border of the Kamikawa Basin and the Ishikari Plain is covered in rocks from both sides of the Ishikari River. The oddly shaped massive dark green and black rock is called the Kamuikotan Rock, and the Kamuikotan King hole group near the suspension bridge have been designated as a Natural Monument of the city. It is an attractive spot to enjoy the seasonal scenery such as cherry blossoms in spring and the red autumn leaves, and is known as one of the best scenic spots in the city, along with the remains of the Kamuikotan cave dwellings and the former Kamuikotan train station building. The word “kamuikotan” means “the village of God” in the Ainu language, and the Kotan Festival is held on September 23.


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