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Geibikei Funa-kudari (Geibikei Gorge)

  • Nagasaka Asamachi 467 Map It
  • Higashiyama-cho
  • Local Interest–Sight

Published 12/10/2015

Fodor's Review

The surreal Geibikei Gorge is a slightly decrepit, definitely kitschy tourist attraction. You board a gondola at the local river, and your gondolier will sing in classic Japanese style as he maneuvers farther into the echoey gorge. Your destination is an upriver sandbar, where you disembark for a stroll, and for a nominal fee you can throw kiln-fired clay divots into a crack in a cliff across the river (each divot has a character on it, and if you chuck it in the hole, that fate is in store for you). Bring bread to feed the river fish—they aggressively follow the boat and jump for joy at handouts. Those fish are also available roasted and fried where you disembark. The trip takes 90 minutes.

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Nagasaka Asamachi 467, Ichinoseki, Iwate-ken, 029-0302, Japan

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Sight Details:

  • ¥1,600
  • Boats leave every hr, on the hr 9:30 am–3:30

Published 12/10/2015


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