Hidaka Yabakei is a 6-kilometer scenic coast along National Route 336 from Ana-iwa Rock in Fuyushima to the mouth of the Horoman River in Samani Town in Southern Hokkaido. The foothill of Mt. Apoi had been eroded by seawater and rough wind of the Pacific Ocean, which created the coast with oddly-shaped rocks and sheer cliffs. As this beautiful scenery of the continuing sheer cliffs resembles the cliffs in Yabakei Gorge in Oita Prefecture, the coast is called Hidaka Yabakei.
Shallowly spread their roots over the cliff, Ezo-yama-tsutsuji (Rhododendron kaempfer) produce red flowers in spring. Together with other alpine flowers such as Ezosukashiyuri（Lilium maculatum ssp. dauricum）and Ezo gentians (Gentiana triflora var. japonica), they delight the eyes of visitors.
“Garo” is a word in the Tohoku dialect, meaning “a place where a river runs through cliffs.” Tarumae Garo is a 2 km ravine located at the foot of Mt. Tarumae in Tomakomai City, Hokkaido. It was formed by the long-period erosion of the Tarumae River, which flows out of Mt. Tarumae and runs through the solidified lava flow at the foot of the mountain.
You can enjoy the best view of the whole ravine from any one of the three bridges over the river, or you can also go down to the riverside off the promenade and look up the 5-meter high cliffs covered with green moss. It’s really refreshing to see the clear stream of water just in front of you. Listening to the twittering of wild birds, you will feel as if you were in a different world.
The area was designated as Tomakomai City Natural Environment Preservation District in 1979.
Ashizu Gorge extending from Ashizu to Mitaki Dam is a part of the gorge located in the upstream of the Kitamata River in Tottori Prefecture. It is also a part of Hyonosen-Ushiroyama-Nagisan Quasi-National Park. The granite ground was eroded to form a V-shaped gorge surrounded with vertical cliffs. The river bed is dotted with huge rocks that tumbled off the cliff. Composed of various features like torrents, rapids and waterfalls, the gorge is said to be one of the most exquisite views in the country. Among them, the most magnificent is the Mitaki Waterfalls.
The area around the gorge is famous for the primary forest of cedar, beech and oak trees. Tender green, crimson foliage and white snow create different landscapes from season to season. The promenade along the gorge is arranged as a part of Chugoku Natural Trail project. It will be nice to walk through the natural forest and breathe the clear air, listening to babbling streams and birds’ singings.
Umegase Gorge located in Ichihara City, Chiba Pref. was created by the erosion of the Umegase River, which streams out of Mt. Daifuku and flows into the Yoro River. About 50 m high vertical cliffs are forming a deep gorge. The fault of sand and silt, which was formed about 800,000 years ago, can be seen on the surface of the cliffs. The gorge was named after Tsukigase Gorge in Nara Prefecture by Nobuzane Hidaka, a scholar of the Chinese classics in the Meiji period (1868-1912). At the ruin site of his residence on the upstream of the river, hundreds of huge Japanese maple trees, which were planted in those days, are forming a fine grove. The cherry blossoms in spring are wonderful, but it is far more wonderful in fall, when Japanese maple trees put on autumn colors. The gorge is said to be one of the best places to view autumn tints in the prefecture. As the walking trail is arranged from Yoro-Keikoku Station to the top of Mt. Daifuku, you can enjoy hiking along the river. However, you must be cautious of some steep parts in the upstream.
The Fukube-no-ootaki Waterfall with a height of 86 m is on the upper stream of the Ozo River in Chugu, Hakusan City, Ishikawa Pref. As the Ozo River runs like a snake, the area around this waterfall is called “Hebi-dani (snake gorge).”The waterfall boasts the highest drop in Hebi-dani area, or even in the prefecture. The waterfall is surrounded with steep cliffs, which adds strong impression to the waterfall. As the cliff seen from a bird's-eye view looks like a gourd, it was named “Fukube (meaning a gourd in ancient Japanese).” The water drops straight down to the basin. It gives very strong impression even when the water volume is not so large. When the water runs in a large volume, it is dynamic itself, giving off more splashes of water, which sometimes cover the Forest Road running beside the waterfall.
Joganji Temple, which belongs to Sodo sect, is located in Yugawara-machi, Kanagawa Pref. In the precinct of the temple are the main hall, the Shichiki-do hall, and the Gorinto (five wheeled pagoda). As this temple is the family temple of Sanehira Doi, the graves of his family are also located here. Sanehira was one of Yoritomo’s Shichiki (seven warriors), who contributed to restore Genji clan. He is known for saving Minamoto-no Yoritomo, who was defeated in the Battle of Ishibashiyama against Heike, from the chasing attack by Kagechika Oba on the Heike force. The juniper tree in the precinct is said to have been planted by Sanehira himself. This 800 year-old tree is the largest and the oldest tree in Kanagawa Pref. and designated as a Natural Protected Species. Its towering massive trunk is singular in the country. Legends concerning this temple may bring the visitors back to the past times of the Genpei Wars. Walking up the hillside behind the temple will lead you to Sanehira’s castle ruin, where you can command a panoramic view of Sagami Bay and Manazuru Peninsula.
This is a fine waterfall that is said to be one of Usa City’s three fine waterfalls or sometimes called “Kyushu-Kegon.” It is also selected as one of Japan’s 100 Fine Waterfalls. The place was believed to be a holy place by the people who worshipped Kannon. The water furiously dropping straight down the concave cliff looks very dynamic. Splashed water spread all over surrounding green leaves, supplying abundant negative ions. The abrupt cliff behind the waterfall has a height of 85 m, which shows dynamic rock surface composed of Shin-Yaba-typed lava. The clear stream flowing out of the waterfall basin run gently through the valley, a part of nationally designated Scenic Spot of Yabakei. Affuluent nature in each season including fresh greenery making contrast to the clear water of the spring or the red coloring of the leaves in the fall will all win the hearts and minds of visitors.
Mt Chokai is located between Yamagata and Akita prefectures, faces the Japan Sea and is the second highest mountain in Tohoku. It is 2236m in height and also called 'Deba-Fuji'.
People living at the foot of the mountain have worshipped it as a god. It stands almost vertically facing the coastline. Many kinds of alpine plants are native to this area. For example, the Chokai-thistle and the Chokai-fusuma can only be found here.
The weather tends to change drastically and each season has vivid colors. There is plenty of meltwater running between the valleys and sometimes it appears as waterfalls. The water feeds into many ricefields.
From the top of the mountain in the climbing season, you can see Mt. Iwaki, the Hachimantai mountains and the Oga Peninsula to the north and Mt. Getsu and the Asahi Mountains to the south. Moreover, Chokai Lake, an area of pure water in a small hollow, appears surrounded by green plants. The mountain usually opens to climbers on the first day of May.