Genbikei Gorge, located 10km west of Ichinoseki Station, has a series cascades in its stream flanked with huge, rugged boulders. The waters downstream from these cascades are amazingly clear, looking emerald green reflecting leafy trees and tinted with cherry blossoms in spring, azaleas in early summer and maples in autumn. A 2km-long trail running along the gorge takes you to a few bridges crossing over the splashes and some rocks at the close edge.
This gorge is also famous for its 'flying dango' service. Dango are sweet rice dumplings and the reason they are called flying is you place your order on one side of the river and send it in a basket hanging on a rope stretched over to the other side. The basket is pulled up into the store and comes back flying to you with dango and green tea.
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5.02 months ago
Had an amazing time here. Its a beautiful and serene place that has tons of natural beauty. Found parking easily and it was easy to travel on foot.
4.06 months ago
Nice little spot but not very easy to get with public transport
5.08 months ago
Beautiful overlook for the gorge! The parking nearby was only 300 yen and there are benches and a small gazebo if you want to have a picnic.
3.09 months ago
It's a nice little gorge. Way smaller and shorter then Geibikei. The draw is that you can just see it from the bridge or parts of the road. The gorge itself is fenced off and you can't walk on the edge or hike there. So you don't see that much. There is a very short walk towards a hanging pedestrian bridge where you can take some scenic pictures.
There is an attraction though, an area just 100m from the bridge with road. There is a resting place with rope that is stretched there from a teahouse/restaurant. They sell dango (sweet mochi rice balls on skewers). You put 400¥ (summer 2019) into the basket that is connected to the rope and write from which country you are on the notepad inside the basket. Then you hit the wooden board with a mallet and the basket will be drawn across the gorge to the teahouse across on the other side. A short while later, a box with dango and some green tea will come back, while you can hear your national anthem being played!
4.0a year ago
Beautiful with plenty of scenic spots to take pictures until you've run out of drive space. You can make use of the zip line basket from a local food vendor to order treats while standing on the opposite side of the gorge. We did not partake of this, and instead crossed the bridge to sit down at their shop which has a public bathroom outside.
There are a total of three bridges that cross the gorge and provide great places to take pictures. One of the bridges is a suspension bridge and is bouncy as you walk across. Much to the delight of some local sight seers when the two of us lumbered across causing a bit of sway.
We visited in early November and the gorge was rimmed in gold and red hues. We stopped at several public benches and sat to soak up the sounds and sights.
You can catch the city bus from Ichinoseki Station, it's a sort of off green bus. Ask the driver to confirm if you're on the right bus, make sure you take a ticket when boarding at the back. It was 490 yen per person and took 15 to 20 minutes.
The return bus is just across the street from the drop off bus stop at the gorge.