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Shōsen-kyō, Kofu

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Valley Nature / Park
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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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • The gorge is about 20kms from Kofu city, there is a vert narrow road along much of the gorge and it can be driven from bottom to top, there is a small car park at the end of the road and one can walk ...  more »
  • After watching this valley, I remember Kamikochi area. These two places are really best in their natural inhibits. Shonsekyo Valley has best in watching autumn colors with beautiful river, gorge and m...  more »
  • It is located nearly an hour drive away from Lake Kawaguchi. You can also catch a bus from Kofu station which take around 40 minutes. The valley is stretched between two bus stops. We visited the plac...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Beautiful. But someone insert coins in crack or throw in a pound & dent...why?