Words can't describe the overwhelming beauty of this gorge. Two volcanic eruptions of Mount Aso around 100,000 years ago covered this area with lava, which later on formed a chasm in the columnar joint process, and was gradually eroded by the river, now known as the Gokase River. The waters are transparent, and your heart will be awash with the beauty of soaring cliffs, rapids carving out rocks, and spring waters trickling here and there.
The most popular is the spot where you can view a waterfall (Manai Waterfall) at the narrowest area of the gorge. Put on a life jacket, and get onboard a small two-man boat to paddle down for half an hour. There are always crowds of people, but once you are out in the water, noises are drowned out and sounds of splash and water birds touch your heart. Looking down at the ravine from above is also fascinating, with illumination lit up until 10pm in the summer.
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5.0a month ago
Gorgeous place to visit! Be careful about time if you want to row the boats. We have missed our a few times. First 2 times due to weather but this time because it was going to be a 3 hour wait and we didn't have the time. Wish you could swim here but you can't. Nice food at the main restaurant-really good steak! Lots to look at here and walking paths. Half a day to a whole day here depending what you do
2.0a month ago
The gorge is beautiful without any doubt. But getting a chance for a boat ride is quite a task in the holiday season. Boat bookings gets full very quickly. People line up in the morning from 5:00am for tickets (no joke). I myself was staying in line from 5:45 am. The boat rides started at 7:30 am and I got a chance to board the boat at about 8:05 am. I had a bus to catch at 8:45 am from the bus center so I could hardly enjoy the boating and somehow finished the boat ride in just 10-15 mins even without fully entering into the narrow gorge. The bad part is that you can book the tickets only at the ticket window and nowhere else, not even online in advance. Plus they don’t even have this information written on their website. It’s just horrible for people with limited means of transportation like us.
3.0in the last week
Great scenery and atmosphere. The air was clean and the food was good. Make sure to try their plum wine there too! It was tiring treking the long distance so wear good shoes and carry light!
5.03 weeks ago
Really beautiful and historical area - but best to go on a weekday to avoid the many many tours. You can park at any of three car parks on the gorge and walk the rest - it's about 1.5km from start to finish.
5.03 months ago
The gorge is nice though it is actually smaller than what I think. The boat ride is nice yet kind of pricey for half and hour ride only. We did a bit walking at the top and good views there. Good place for family and they have some restaurants and souvenirs shops. Parking is available on the spot.
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Since I lived in Kyushu, I know this spot well.In Miyazaki Pref., there are many tourist spots, such as Aoshima Island, Ebino Heights. Moreover, you can enjoy Japanese local cuisine, such as yakitori, Chinese noodles, and Shochu which i...
Since I lived in Kyushu, I know this spot well.In Miyazaki Pref., there are many tourist spots, such as Aoshima Island, Ebino Heights.
Moreover, you can enjoy Japanese local cuisine, such as yakitori, Chinese noodles, and Shochu which is Japanese spirit distilled from sweet potatoes, rice. Please visit here.