Genbikei Gorge

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Photo: Genbikei Gorge – Mamusi Taka / CC BY-SA 3.0

Genbikei is a ravine or river gorge that has been desThe Genbikei Gorge is a 2 km stretch of the Iwai River, known for its rugged landscape and dynamic whitewater stretches. The rocks and cliffs are a national monument and are lit by cherry blossoms in spring, azaleas in summer and glowing in autumn Red, orange and yellow tones of the leaves framed.

Overview

Address

021-0101 Iwate, Ichinoseki, Genbicho, Takinoue, 地内 (Directions)

Phone Number

0191-23-2350

General Amenities

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