Monday, April 12, 2010

Tachikue Gorge

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Tachikue Gorge on the Kando River just south of Izumo City is a great place to spend a quiet couple of hours.

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The area is a designated scenic area because of the towering rock formations, many of which have buddhist names as this was a center of Shugendo. All that remains now though is one temple, Reiko-Ji, and 1500 statues along the cliffs and around the giant trees.

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There are 2 suspension bridges that cross over to a pleasant footpath. The times I`ve been there I`ve been the only one there. There is a youth hostel in the gorge, but storms a few years ago caused it to close and I don't know if it has opened again. There is also an Onsen on the main road side of the river that has great views of the gorge from its open-air baths.

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There are regular buses to Tachikue from outside Izumo-Shi railway station, though the best way to approach it is by walking down the river valley from the mountains :)

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4 comments:

  1. Beautiful place, beautiful photos...

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  2. Fabulous photos, especially the last one. stunning

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