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Shōsen-kyō, Kofu

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Take a hike along Shōsen-kyō, a narrow gorge rich in natural sights, from interesting rock formations to tall, leafy trees. Set within a wider national park, the gorge features a mountain river and a tall waterfall, visible from the main hiking route that follows the gorge. Take in sights of interestingly shaped rocks, all carved by nature into shapes that locals have mythologized and named after animals they resemble. The surrounding forested mountains offer seasonal displays of color, making the gorge and its natural backdrop particularly popular with photographers. Arrange to visit Shōsen-kyō and other attractions in Kofu using our Kofu vacation route planner.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Healed many people go up say Uncle call out and arrive at the car in the parking lot, at 300 yen on the wagon falls took us to slow down, 30-minute car ride souvenir Crystal shop just my imagination or giratsuita large and powerful rock and waterfall flows, why was
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  • August 9, 2017
    Your guest will want to go and look at the reviews I went. Did not, as expected, see. At the very least there is a waterfall of what salvation?. After that, just a souvenir shop selling crystal. None was subtle, but has a name put on the stone in the middle of the river.
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  • August 7, 2017
    Exactly, I went to the fall foliage season, walked up to the top of the falls, see River and leaves a healed mind is it. Away from the humility of the city and is recommended for those who like Nice.
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  • June 29, 2017
    It was a very hot day but I still ended up enjoying this place. It was a great one day getaway from Tokyo to enjoy nature. We visited during Houtou (special noodles in this area) festival which was a bonus.
  • February 27, 2017
    Beautiful spot. Take the bus up from the Prefecture parking area and walk down past the falls. Be sure to try a grilled "Ayu" (sweet fish) at the first restaurant that you come to.
  • January 29, 2017
    Beautiful tranquil place very near to Kofu city. Perfect for a day trip over the weekend if you are near. Great hiking and good food available. Lots of places for souvenirs.
  • December 1, 2016
    Gorgeous nature during fall months. Beautiful waterfall with rainbow. The main path was crowded, but anyway worthy to visit
  • November 6, 2016
    One of the best places to visit in Yamanashi in autumn. This valley gorge is the perfect spot for walking and taking pictures of fall foliage.

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