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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. Plan to see Shōsen-kyō and other attractions that appeal to you using our Kofu road trip site .
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  • Spring cherry blossom season when helpful, this is fall foliage season. Driving along the valley because it was a weekday, was walking to the falls from there to the public parking area. We enjoy the foliage.
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  • I didn't expect this gem, it was supposed to be a weekend stopover for me in between Matsumoto and Kawaguchiko. Read about this place and decided to head over. It was awesome. I took the bus from Kofu...  more »
  • Went to Saturday's rain was empty. I would enjoy without falling strongly even in the rain, so there is a lot of trees. I went by bus, the bus number is really small. Moreover, even before the time not people at the bus stop and the it goes. Were very helpful, I was gone. Car car is recommended if available.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gorgeous nature during fall months. Beautiful waterfall with rainbow. The main path was crowded, but anyway worthy to visit
  • 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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