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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Airport/Sta.Sendai Airport (about 90.3km) Google Transit
We guide this spot.
5.02 weeks ago
Beautiful gorge with majestic blue water. I went at about 8am, and there was no one else there. There are parking lots available near the gorge for about 300円, but if you walk a little ways, there is free parking near the glassware store. They have a nice sign that shows you how long each loop around the gorge is, and offer a carriage ride around it. I tried to bike around it, but there was construction on one of the bridges, so I couldn't go across.
They have a famous thing where you hit a board with a hammer, and they send mochi across the river to you.
4.07 months 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.
4.04 months ago
Very nice... But really crowded. If you walk a little down from the main spot it gets a lot less crowded.
4.011 months ago
Nice place. Took a boat up the river. Tour is in Japanese, so if you can't understand that you're missing out on some interesting stuff
5.0a year ago
Stunningly beautiful. Make sure to walk around the area to get multiple views. There's one area on the side opposite of the dango wire, just past the bridge and gazebo, where one can get down to the water.