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Shosenkyo Gorge

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The Shosenkyo gorge is located amidst a forested region with various rock formations and waterfalls. It is often regarded as a national treasure for its exuberance that can be enjoyed in all seasons. Famous for preserving the excellent quality of its waters, the gorge is included in “The Heisei Era 100 best water sites”, drawn up by the minister of the environment, in consideration of each sites sustainability, water availability, harmony of the wildlife and preservation level. A hiking path leads for about four kilometers along the Arakawa River from the Nagatoro Bridge to the Sengataki Waterfall, offering a beautiful scenery of the mountain river and the narrow valley. Located north of Kofu City in Yamanashi, it has direct and convenient bus access from Kofu Station.

 Nagashi Somen


Above the Sengataki waterfall there is a small village consisting of souvenir shops, cafes and restaurants, and the starting point for the Shosenkyo Ropeway. Also located in this area, is    the En-e-mon restaurant, wich serves traditional Nagashi Somen. The term "nagashi" can be translated as something flowing, being set adrift or being washed away. Somen is the name of a thin white Japanese noodle made from wheat flour. The term Nagashi Somen refers to the traditional and peculiar way of enjoying this dish, especially during the summer season.

First you hold your bowl of Mentsuyu, a noodle soup base made of shoyu, mirin (a sweet sake widely used in Japanese cuisine) and hondashi (fish sauce), while the noodles, which are eaten cold during the summer, are served in a stream of running water and “hooked” with chopsticks by whomever will consume it. Once you can catch your portion of somen, simply rest it for a moment in your bowl and indulge yourself in this traditional Japanese meal!

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Shosenkyokageenomori Museum (Forest Shadows Museum)

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Museum Building

   Another must-see attraction in Shosenkyo area is the Forest Shadows Art Museum. The main attraction is the art of Seiji Fujishiro, the artist who expresses himself through the shadows. It uses various combinations of cut paper overlaid thoroughly in contrast to different lights to produce beautiful images that are exposed in a special room. With the help of mirrors and water containers, light is controlled and a range of visual effects are achieved.

Fujishiro's works transport us to a fantastic, psychedelic and mysterious world.  (Unfortunately, it is not allowed to photograph the special exhibition room. Therefore, to understand Fujishiro's art dimension, you must visit the museum in person).
 
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Souvenir shop located near the museum exit

Opening hours: everyday from 9am to 5pm
Admission fee: ¥800 (General) ¥650*
          ¥500 (Junior and High School Students) ¥400*
        ¥400 (Elementary School Students) ¥300*
         ¥200 (Preschool Children)  Free*

*Discounted price for disabled persons. Please show your disability document when buying the ticket.

Shosenkyo Cable Car

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Located in an area of restaurants and cafés, the cable car gives access to the highest part of the mountain complex. Suspended at a height of up to 300m, the cable car (with a capacity of 46 people) travels 1.015m in approximately 5 minutes. In the lower station departure/arrival area, you can enjoy a beautiful koi pond.

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Each of the two cable cars (round trip) have a conductor who narrates the route providing special and detailed information about the landscape and always greet the car that comes in the opposite direction when crossing.

Roundtrip ticket: ¥1300 (General)
                           ¥600 (Children until 12 years)

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Upon reaching the top of the park (Panorama Station) there is a snack bar whose outdoor area has a beautiful view of Mount Fuji.

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Next to the cable car landing area is the Yakumo Shrine, a small temple built over 400 years ago. Formerly known for protecting the way of those who left their prayers there, today the sanctuary is a popular destination for those seeking blessings in marriage.   


Walking to the opposite direction of the temple will take you on a trail that leads to the highest point of the park. It takes around 20 minutes on foot, but is one of our top recommended spots. The landscape is absolutely gorgeous!

Directions

By Car

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*On weekends cars are not allowed to access the inside area of the park.

By Bus

 

Outbound

Kofu Sta. Bus Terminal

Shosenkyo Guchi

Green Line Shosenkyo

Shosenkyo Taki Ue

7:30

7:59

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Inbound

Shosenkyo Taki Ue

Green Line Shosenkyo

Shosenkyo Guchi

Kofu Sta. Bus Terminal

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Fare(adult・one way):
 590JPY: Kofu Station - Shosenkyo Guchi
 820JPY: Kofu Station - Green Line Shosenkyo
 900JPY: Kofu Station - Shosenkyo Taki Ue

* The buses depart from platform 4 on Kofu Station Bus Terminal;
* From December 1st to March 31st the last stop is Shosenkyo Guchi;
* Buses do not run between the 13th and 15th of August;
* For those who wish to visit the Yamanashi Provincial Art Museum or Ryuou station, on your returning trip please remain on the bus past Kofu Station.