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Shosenkyo Gorge

御岳 昇仙峡

Japan's most beautiful gorge, recognized as a National Heritage site
Located north of Kofu, Shosenkyo is said to be the most spectacular gorge in Japan, and its breathtaking natural scenery have made it a unique and popular hiking destination among those who wish to connect with nature without straying too far from the Tokyo.
The gorge is registered as a Japan Heritage site as of June 19, 2020.

Visitors can enjoy spectacular views of sheer cliff faces formed through thousands of years of erosion amidst uniquely shaped rocks, some of which are said to resemble animals (monkey, turtle, seal...).
A well-maintained trail along the gorge offers serene views of the clear water flowing through the river valley along with a series of delightful highlights, including beautiful dynamic waterfalls and a peaceful lake surrounded by green forests.

The best time to see the gorge's stunning autumn colors is typically around mid-November, when the white cliff surfaces are particularly beautiful in contrast with the red and yellow leaves of the surrounding trees.
Address 〒400-1214 山梨県甲府市高成町
TransportFrom Tokyo, take a bus from Shinjuku station to Kofu (2 hours and 10 minutes, ¥2,200), or take a Kaiji or Azusa limited express train from Shinjuku (90 minutes, ¥3,890).

From bus stop #4 at Kofu station (south side), take a "Green Bus" bound for Shosenkyo and alight at "Shosenkyo-guchi" for a breathtaking 2-hour hike through the valley. 30 minutes, ¥590.
Alight at "Taki-ue" instead for direct access to the Sengataki Waterfall and ropeway area (50-minute bus ride, ¥900).

You can also take a taxi for 30 minutes from Kofu station to Nagatorobashi bridge, the starting point of the hiking trail.
Car ParkFree parking is available along the Shosenkyo Green Line:
- Tenjinmori city car park (toilet facilities available): approximately 60 parking spaces
- Green Line public car park* (toilet facilities available): 37 car parking spaces and 10 coach parking spaces
- Shosenkyo Taki-ue city car park (toilet facilities available): approximately 80 parking spaces

*The Green Line public car park is particularly crowded during peak fall season.
URL Bus timetable to Shosenkyo
NotesThere are two main hiking options Sengataki Waterfall:
- For the full hiking experience (6km, 1 hour 30 min. to 2 hours), begin at the "Shosenkyo-guchi" bus stop (Nagatorobashi bridge) → 35 min. to Tenkorin Forest → 10 min. to Rakanji bridge → 20 min. to Yume-no-Matsushima → 15 min. to Ishimon stone gate → 15 min. to Sengataki Waterfall → 5 min. to the Shosenkyo ropeway terminal and Taki-ue bus stop.
From there, you can ride a cable car up Mt. Rakanji and make your way to Yasaburo-dake peak (+ )

- For a shorter, 45-minute hike (2.6km), begin at the "Green Line" bus stop → 15 min. to Yume-no-Matsushima → 15 min. to Ishimon stone gate → 15 min. to Sengataki Waterfall → 5 min. to the Shosenkyo ropeway terminal and Taki-ue bus stop