Geibikei is a ravine located 15km northeast of Ichinoseki Station and famous for its flat-bottomed boat cruise. The boatman navigates the cruise with a pole and takes you through serene waters flanked with tall cliffs, some as high as 100m, and rocks and limestone caves covered with leafy trees. The scenery is spectacular with fall colors in October and November and with wisteria flowers draping from the cliffs in May.
On the boat, you are supposed to take off your shoes and sit on the floor mat. The tour takes about 90 minutes with the boatman singing chantey, and various fish like ayu and coi can be seen in the river. It is a 30-minute train ride from Ichinoseki Station. Don't confuse this spot with Genbikei (very similar name!) located to the west of Ichinoseki.
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5.0a month ago
A lovely time! Easy to get a ticket. Beautiful views, a jovial tour guide who made lots of dad jokes and word puns in Japanese along the way. His singing voice was incredible - ended up singing two songs for us on the return trip.
Beautiful in summer! I will go again someday in another season. Very worth it, highly recommend.
4.0a month ago
Before you get on to the cruising boat, there are several souvenir shops flanking the stream. In the souvenir shop, there is also an ice cream vendor, with the special flavor of Zunda, at 300yen for each cone. The cruising fee for adult is 1600yen. When you get on the boat, the man rowing the boat will take you to somewhere near no.10 in your traveler's pamphlet. On the way back to the starting dock, he would sing local folk songs. There are also fish fodder selling on the boat at 50yen per pack, however, lots of times you are feeding the sprinting ducks, not actually the fish.
5.0a week ago
Very tranquil. Everywhere you look is picturesque. Be sure to throw some wish stones into the small cave opening.
5.05 months ago
I've been wanting to visit Geibikei for around 2 years and I finally went there yesterday and it didn't disappoint. The boat trip is so beautiful and relaxing. The tour guide is obviously in Japanese so I couldn't understand a great deal but you can get an English guide book with points of interest along the route. The gorge itself is so beautiful. Highly recommend if you want to visit somewhere that is beautiful and relaxing.
5.02 months ago
Lovely area of the Geibi Gorge, and a very unique experience to be rafted down it. Our guide was fun and friendly, though there is very little English available for non-Japanese speakers. Nice little souvenir shops along the river.