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Rairaikyo Gorge

磊々峡 | Rairaikyo Gorge

A small rocky gorge in Akiu Onsen with a pleasant 1-km long walking trail

Photo by Robert Rodriguez

Photo by Amalin Afiqah Binti Mohd Pathi

Photo by Tohoku Sightseeing Organization

Photo by Roger Smith

  • Amalin Afiqah Binti Mohd [email protected]

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    Last Update
    February 19, 2020

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  • When you are in Akiu, one of the easiest natural wonders to enjoy is Rairaikyo Gorge. It is free, easy to access, and never closes. The one-kilometer long nature trail hugging the wall of the gorge about twenty meters above the river is really wonderful. There are plenty of entrances and exits, so if you want to skip ahead or return to a favorite part of the trail you will definitely have no problem doing so. The trail is a single path along the gorge, not a loop trail. Walking the full length of the trail and back takes about forty to fifty minutes total. Enter this small gorge, and you’ll be greeted by rock formations, shady spots dotted with flowers, and a feeling of peace and adventure. There are many benches and tables, so bringing a lunch for a picnic with your loved one would be an excellent idea.

    There are also many nice spots here and there where you can take nice photos. Perhaps the most popular is the Lover’s Sanctuary spot that aims to bring people closer together. The Lover’s Sanctuary spot is at Nozoki Bridge, near a heart-shaped hole that naturally formed in the canyon wall. It is often filled with water from the previous rain, so if you are lucky you can see your lover’s reflection in the heart. What a romantic view! Capture the love on camera from a vantage point on the bridge.

    Rairaikyo Gorge is a magical walk with scenery that changes with the seasons. I personally recommend you come during the fall color season in autumn!

    WEBSITEhttps://akiusato.jp/seeing/meishou.html

  • Sendai

    Tags

    Autumn Do & See Family Friendly Halal Hands-on Experiences Nature Sendai Sports/Outdoor Activities

Details

ADDRESS

Biwahara, Yumoto, Akiu-machi, Taihaku-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi-ken 982-0241

ACCESS BY PUBLIC TRANSIT

From Sendai Station: 55 minutes by bus. From Sendai Station, board bus bound for Akiu Onsen (秋保温泉), alight at Nozoki-bashi (のぞき橋) bus stop.

From Ayashi Station:15 minutes by bus. Board bus bound for Akiu Onsen (秋保温泉), alight at Rairaikyo-iriguchi (磊々峡入口) bus stop.

ADMISSION

Free

LANGUAGES

Limited English

HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE

No

HOURS

24/7, but unlit at night (outside of fall color season)

CLOSED DAYS

None, but may be inaccessible in the event of heavy snow

PHONE

022-398-2323

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