Journey to Dakigaeri Gorge

By ggt131 (from : ) on Dec. 13, 2016

By ggt131 (from : ) on Dec. 13, 2016

After a delicious buffet breakfast on the second day, we headed over to the Dakigaeri gorge to view the fall foliage. As soon as you reach the area for the gorge you can just see how amazing nature is. The river that splits the two mountains in half curves in such a way that the light hits all of the trees, making for a masterpiece of fall colors. The bright red bridge that crosses the river just makes the sight all the more special.

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Before crossing the bridge itself, we headed to the little shrine that was next to the parking area. The open area of the shrine was surrounded by huge cedars all around (no foliage but near the top), giving a serene sense to the place and allowing the sunlight to filter through at just the right points.

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The path to the bridge takes you over the shrine and around one of the mountains, giving you a chance to enjoy the deep blue colors of the river along the way. The bridge itself is the oldest suspension bridge in Akita prefecture, so I was a little nervous crossing it, but halfway through I just stopped and basked in the view of the river.

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