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Review of Kakusenkei Gorge

Kakusenkei Gorge
Ranked #1 of 85 things to do in Kaga
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Reviewed 22 November 2017

A must visit as the scenery is stunning. Plan to spend at least 2 hours in this location. Best if you can stay around the area as the timing of the tourist bus may not be as convenient.

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Reviewed 15 November 2017

Kakusenkei Gorge, one of the major attractions in Yamanaka Onsen, is an ideal place for the nature lovers. Daishoji River runs through this deep gorge between the foothill of the mountains and the towns of Yamanaka Onsen. It was once the idyllic place for the Japanese famous haiku poet Matsuo Basho of 17th Century, who wrote in one of his poems in such words as "Who needs the dew of youth from the chrysanthemum when you have the restoring waters of Yamanaka?" Locals built a small hut located nearby the aqueduct stone bridge Kurotani Bridge with a statue of Basho in it to remember him.
Along the river are unpaved narrow riverside walking paths running parallel to it. Riverside paths are accessible from town’s main roads. However, the access points leading to the riverside paths between Kurotani Bridge and Ayatori Bridge are moss covered wet and slippery steps; there is a warning sign so avoid going down this area. Also accessible to the other side of the river are three major crossing points foot bridges Kurotani Bridge, Ayatori Bridge and Kohrogi Bridge. Each of these three major bridges characterized its own unique architecture designs. Kurotani Bridge was built with concrete materials in aqueduct form. Ayatori Bridge is a metal framed modern looking bridge. Kohrogibashi Bridge presents itself as a traditional Japanese arched bridge built with cypress wood. It is the most photographed bridge among the three; especially during the season of spring’s cherry blossoms, summer’s lush greenery and autumn’s changes of foliage colors. The sounds of waterfalls, rushing river and tortoise green water give additional idyllic atmosphere and sensual pleasures. There is a riverside café nestled on the foothill, offers refreshments during the tourist season. It is an idea place to relax and enjoy nature’s beauty. During the winter season Kakusenkei Gorge, river and mountains are blanketed with wet snow, trees branches are covered in white, rushing water turned silent. Each seasonal change in Kakusenkei Gorge exemplifies nature’s beauty like a gigantic canvas of landscape painting in its own unique colors. Many Japanese inns ryokans were built along the valley, provide private shuttles and onsen services to accommodate visitors.To get there from JR Kagaonsen Station, take CANBUS Mountain Route and get off Yamanaka town center of Kiku no Yu/Yamanakaza. There is a Tourist Office inside of it; staff on duty speaks English and will instruct you how to reach the Kakusenkei Gorge’s three bridges and riverside paths. The best way to reach Kohrogibashi Bridge is to go pass the town center along the main shopping strip, walk approx. 20 min. away from the center, turn left and then follow a slope of paved car/pedestrian road. Outskirt ryokans also provide shuttle services for you to the town and certain points of stops.

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Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

You must go here. It is a short walk in a circle but you are feeling as if nature made the place. Interesting shops in the area too

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Reviewed 26 October 2017

Best not to come when raining, it might be quite slippery! The views are lovely though and the trail is relatively easy to follow (no guard rails though so watch your toddlers!), it's quite manageable even if you only do half of it (from one bridge to the other instead of hitting all three bridges), and if you are in Yamanaka Onsen for the night I highly recommend it. Very pretty!

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Reviewed 22 June 2017

Easy access from Yamanaka-onsen, calm and fresh air! Beautiful bridges and cafe on the river is a great place in summer.

Thank 美保 佐
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