No.52 Genbikei Gorge

The dramatic two-kilometer Genbikei Gorge was carved out by the Iwai River and is designated as a National Place of Scenic Beauty and a Natural Monument. 200 somei yoshino and edohigan cherry trees create a breathtaking sight against the blue waters and white rapids. A walking path follows the gorge and visitors can even order flying dango, a Japanese sweet, using a basket pulled across the gorge by rope from the shop.


General information

Address Aza Takinoue, Genbi Town, Ichinoseki, Iwate Prefecture (岩手県一関市厳美町字滝ノ上地内)
Peak bloom Late April–early May
Access by train 20 minutes by bus from Ichinoseki Station on the Tohoku Shinkansen Line
Access by car 10 minutes from Tohoku Expressway Ichinoseki IC