Mitake Shosenkyo (御嶽昇仙峡, Mitake Shōsenkyō), outside central Kofu City, is one of Japan’s most beautiful gorges. It is part of the Chichibu Tama Kai National Park, which covers more than 1250 square kilometers of forested mountains, valleys and some rural towns in the prefectures of Yamanashi, Saitama, Nagano and Tokyo.

A hiking road leads for about four kilometers along the Arakawa River from the Nagatoro Bridge to the Sengataki Waterfall, offering beautiful scenery of the mountain river and the narrow valley. Many interestingly shaped rocks which resemble and are named after animals or items can be seen along the hike.


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