Dakigaeri Gorge 抱返り渓谷

Dakigaeri Gorge
Dakigaeri Gorge

Azure mountain waters and lush primeval forests in a breathtaking ravine

Designated as a National Place of Scenic Beauty, Dakigaeri Gorge in Kakunodate of Akita Prefecture boosts a pristine blue-green mountain stream and unspoiled primeval woodlands.

Don't Miss

  • Great views entering Dakigaeri Gorge on the Kami no Iwashi suspension bridge
  • The range of dramatic small and large waterfalls breaking onto the rocks
  • Remarkable rock formations viewable from high above the valley floor

How to Get There

You can get to the gorge by train and then shuttle bus or taxi. Private car is an alternative, but parking is limited.

Dakigaeri Gorge is best reached from Kakunodate Station and Tazawako Station.

During peak season, in autumn, a free shuttle bus runs from Kakunodate Station, and a shuttle bus operates from Tazawako Station. During other periods, it takes 15 minutes by car or taxi to reach the gorge from Kakunodate Station.

Relax and unwind in nature

The contrast of the blue water flowing downstream and the lush greenery or the red leaves of autumn is particularly striking. You can hike in the area and enjoy the show up close between May and mid-November.

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