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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Nature

Shosenkyo Gorge 昇仙峡

## Shosen Gorge is an idyllic, naturally beautiful hiking spot

Shosen Gorge offers a distinctive atmosphere for every season of the year. It is blanketed in snow in the winter, rich with blossoming flowers in the spring, a prime hiking route in the summer, and rich with autumnal colors when fall arrives.

How to Get There

Shosen Gorge is accessed from JR Kofu Station on the Chuo Main Line.

From JR Shinjuku or Tokyo Station, JR Kofu is west on the Chuo Main Line. On the Limited Express Kaiji train, the trip takes 100 minutes from Shinjuku Station.

The gorge, located north of Kofu City, is a 20-minute drive from Kofu train station. There are also two bus stops in the gorge. The Greenline Shosenkyo is next to the Senga-Taki Waterfalls. The Shosenkyo Taki Ue bus stop is near a small village filled with shops at the top of the hiking route.

Quick Facts

The Arakawa Dam took 12 years to complete, with construction starting in 1973

There are six public restrooms and four parking lots in the area

Rambling in the wilderness

The ideal way to enjoy the area is through hiking. A four-kilometer trail begins at Nagatoro-Bashi and leads to the beautiful gorge. While walking through the area, you will see sharp granite cliffs cut by waterfalls and rivers as well as particularly large rocks said to resemble Mt. Fuji, a monkey, and even a tengu, a demonic figure from Japanese folklore.

Take the ropeway up

If you are looking for a less-strenuous way to take in the views, there is also a ropeway that takes you to a height of just over 1,000 meters.

At the top of the ropeway sits a small shop selling souvenirs and a restaurant that offers stunning views of the Minami Alps and Mt. Fuji. The summit is biggest attraction, however, is the panoramic viewing platform, which is often crowded with photographers because the view is truly spectacular.

Waterfalls and towering stones

The gorge has many different attractions to wow visitors, such as several waterfalls, including Senga-Taki and O-Taki, a two-tiered waterfall. Ishi-Mon is a towering natural stone structure peppered with lush green trees, and Kakuenpo is the rock formation that rises over the gorge's river.

There are also stunning manmade attractions, including the Nagatoro Bridge and the Arakawa Dam.

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