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鶴仙渓 Kakusenkei Gorge

  • Nature / Scenic spots (Mountain / Valleys)
  • Around Kagaonsen
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Yamanakaonsen Higashimachi, Kaga-shi, Ishikawa 922-0114, Japan
  • Nature / Scenic spots (Mountain / Valleys)
Date of post:2015/07/24

Enjoy short trekking, drinking tea or feeling silent atmosphere

  • Nature Walks

Kakusenkei is a famous sightseeing spot near Yamanaka Onsen (Hot Spring) since a long time ago. Yamanaka Onsen has more than 1300 years of history. We can find some descriptions about Yamanaka Onsen in books of the Heian period, the 8th century. The name of Kakusenkei is derived from a name of a famous calligrapher, Kusakabe Meikaku in the Meiji period. Both of Kakusenkei and Kusakabe Meikaku use the same Chinese character.

Kakusenkei is a road along the Daishoji river between Kurotani bridge and Korogi bridge. It is about 1.3 km. So, it is good for short trekking or taking a walk. The road is sometimes very narrow and has up and down created by nature. So, it seems to be a good exercise naturally. And, there are many interesting and curious rocks, bridges and landscapes.

Near Kurotani bridge, there is Basho-do which is a small monumental house for one of the most famous Japanese haiku poets, Matsuo Basho. It is also one of highlights on Kakusenkei.
And, as other highlights of Kakusenkei, there are three famous bridges, Kurotani bridge, Ayatori bridge and Korogi bridge.

After walking through Kakusenkei, we can enjoy one of hot springs. Even if we do not stay in a hotel, there is a public hot spring. And also, there is a hot spring only for feet along Yugekaido. Yugekaido is the main street of Yamanaka Onsen town. There are many souvenir shops, cafe, art galleries, shrines and many interesting places along the street.

In Spring, a Japanese style cafe opens near Ayatori bridge. We can enjoy drinking a cup of tea with viewing the landscape near the river.
There are many hotels and Japanese style inns near Kakusenkei. So, we can stay there and enjoy the view of the river and Kakusenkei. And, off course, most hotels have hot springs.

Date of post:2015/07/03

Enjoy the beautiful landscapes of the changing water surface and odd rocks

  • Nature Walks

Kakusenkei is the Daishoji River Valley along Yamanaka hot springs, its entire length of 1.3 km between Kohrogi Bridge and Kurotani Bridge.

The valley is very famous for one of the best sightseeing spots in Yamanaka hot springs and overwhelming beauty of the gorge formed by a row of uniquely shaped rocks due to erosion has been praised as the most picturesque place in Kaga since ancient times.

The highlights are very unique 3 bridges; Kohrogi Bridge, Ayatori Bridge, Kurotani Bridge, each bridge has a quality all its own.

Kohrogi Bridge made of all-cypress is symbolic of Kakusenkei and Yamanaka hot springs. Actually the current bridge was rebuilt in 1990 because of aging, although the original one was constructed in the Edo period.

Ayatori Bridge which was designed by Hiroshi Teshigahara who is a Japanese film maker and the head of the Sogetsu School of flower arrangement exerts powerfully impressive by its distinctive shape and vivid purplish-red colour.

Although especially the scenery in autumn for the autumn leaves is extremely amazing, kawayuka (kawadoko) (Riverside Terrace) opens near Ayatori Bridge from 1 April to 31 October and you can enjoy a superior grade of tea and special sweets created by Japanese Iron Chef "Rokusaburo Michiba" with the natural elegance.

Around the valley, within the district of Yamanaka Hot Springs, the morning market "Yuzaya morning market" is held every Sunday between Spring and December. And the summer festival is held every night from 25 June to 24 August as well. You can experience the real Japanese culture there.

Address: Yamanaka-onsen, Kaga
Tel: +81 (0)761 78 0330

Getting there
By Train
- Limited express train: About 25 min from Kanazawa station to Kaga Onsen station. The fare is ¥1510.
- Local train: About 60 min from Kanazawa station to Kaga Onsen station. The fare is ¥760.

By Bus
- Route Bus: About 30 min from Kaga Onsen Station. Get off at "Kohrogi-bashi". The fare is ¥460.
- Kaga Yunosato Express Bus: About 70 min (the bus that go around the sea course) or 100 min (the bus that go around the mountain course) from Kanazawa Station. Get off at "Kikunoyu-mae". The fare is ¥1350.

By Taxi
- About 20 min from Kaga Onsen Station. The fare is about ¥3000.
- About 35 min from Komatsu Airport. The fare is about ¥7000.

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