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Ichinoseki’s Two Stunning Gorges, Geibikei and Genbikei

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Go on a boat cruise, take a stroll, and snack on flying dumplings

HIRAIZUMI-ICHINOSEKI Destination Management Organization



Take a 90-minute boat cruise propelled by boatmen with bamboo poles up and down the river in Geibikei Gorge and marvel at views of the rugged 50-meter cliffs, waterfalls, and clear water.
Disembark at a sandbar for a brief walk to a larger waterfall and try throwing some “luck stones.” Each stone represents a different kind of good fortune, so choose your favorite and pitch it across the river into a small cave in the cliffside—it just may come true!
Another beautiful gorge, Genbikei, is just a 40-minute drive from here. Why not visit both gorges and compare their beauty?
Genbikei is a two-km stretch of gorge with magnificent rock faces and flowing emerald-green waters. Choose between 30- and 70-minute walking trails and do some sightseeing, taking in the unique natural scenery and rock formations as you stroll along the riverside.
Do try the local “flying dango” (sweet rice dumplings) snack, so called because they are delivered from a shop on the other side of the gorge via a basket on a zip-wire!


How to get there


JR Ichinoseki Station is about 2 hours by Shinkansen bullet train from Tokyo Station.
Geibikei: 30 minutes by train from JR Ichinoseki Station.
Genbikei: 20 minutes by car or bus from JR Ichinoseki Station. 
The two gorges are 40 minutes by car from each other.


Geibikei: 467 Nagasaka-machi, Higashiyama-cho, Ichinoseki-shi, Iwate-ken
Genbikei: Takinoue, Genbi-cho, Ichinoseki-shi, Iwate-ken




HIRAIZUMI-ICHINOSEKI Destination Management Organization

(This is a Japanese page but you can also find the information in English. ) 




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Iwate Prefecture | JNTO Official Website


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