Shosenkyo Gorge, known in Japanese as Mitake Shosenkyo, is an incredibly scenic spot in Yamanashi Prefecture. The narrow gorge is lined with interestingly shaped rocks and cliffs with a comfortable four-kilometer long hiking trail.
Located about a 30-minute bus ride north of Kofu City, the Shosenkyo area encompasses not only the gorge with its bizarre rock formations but also the surrounding mountains.
Though the gorge is beautiful in all seasons, it is especially impressive during the autumn months.
Breathtaking views and hiking
The best way to explore the area is to take the Shosenkyo Ropeway on the upper, northern end of the gorge.
At the top of the ropeway is the Panorama Dai (Panorama Platform) offering breathtaking 360-degree views of Mount Fuji and the Southern Japanese Alps. You’ll even spot the expansive Chichibu Mountains in the distance. There is also a beautiful little shrine called Yakumo Shrine known for bringing luck in marriage.
Next, start hiking toward Shosenkyo Gorge from the ropeway ground station. You will first pass through a small village with stores selling colorful crystals found in the area, some of them quite large.
While you’re in the village, try the local mitake soba. We highly recommend the kinoko soba which comes with a large helping of wild mushrooms.
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