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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5.04 months ago
fantastic thing to do in southern Japan. I would recommend going to get a boat as soon as you get there since you may have to get a ticket and wait a couple of hours before you can actually get a boat. However, there's plenty to do while you wait, like a walking path, or eating lunch!
5.07 months ago
Take the boat adventure. If it is not crowded, then it will be best. It's a whole new level of feeling rather than just looking at picture. とても良い気持ちになれるよ！
5.06 months ago
Really beautiful valley. Currently it's very quiet and there are no boats due to high water. I like it like this
5.07 months ago
Recommend getting here early as it gets busy quickly. If it's raining the unlikely you can get on a boat as the gorge water gets rough. Very scenic walking path
5.03 months ago
Gorgeous spot but can be very packed. Instead of taking a boat (5,000 yen and only a small part of the gorge accessible, which you can anyway see from above), take the path across the bridge and along the gorge. You can make a loop by passing the first tall bridge to the shrine and back with a forest trail right behind it. The whole route takes about 1hour of not a too difficult hike, plus pictures time as it's beautiful, especially with the autumn leaves!
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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.