Yamanaka's Four Seasons
Kakusenkei Gorge
Yamanaka Onsen District
Area Around the Yamanaka Onsen District
Area Around the Yamanaka Onsen District
Just outside of the central Yamanaka Onsen area lies the area known as Oku-Yamanaka, a tourist zone that offers diverse outdoor activities. Many visitors come here to hike, camp, and see the cherry blossoms in the spring, the flowers and trees in the summer, and the colorful foliage of the autumn. It is also a great place to go for a drive with friends and family.
Places to See in Oku-Yamanaka
River Fun
About 10 minutes outside of Yamanaka Onsen, there are several spots where you can wade and play in the river. Some of the more famous ones are in Kenmin-no-Mori Park. The calm and shallow waters provide for enjoyable and safe outdoor fun.
The Great Cedar of Kayano
This imposing tree stands upstream of the Kakusenkei Gorge in the vicinity of the Sugawara Shrine. Believed to be over 2,300 years old, this great cedar has a circumference of 11 meters and a height of 52 meters. It has also been designated a Special Natural Monument by the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan. The tea shop standing in front of the shrine is famous for its Cha Dango.
Area Around Wagatani Dam
This dam is the origin of Daishoji River, which flows through Kakusenkei Gorge. Visitors come in the spring to see the banks of the dam covered in cherry blossoms and in the autumn to see the mountain shed its coat of green for a coat of red, yellow, and orange.
Wagatani Suspension Bridge
This suspension bridge is in the vicinity of Wagatani Dam and serves as the entrypoint to the hiking path that leads to Mount Fujishagadake, famous for its fields of rhododendron flowers.