## 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.