Sunday, September 26, 2010

Shosenkyo Gorge

On Saturday, I was lucky enough to visit Shosenkyo Gorge with two friends--one Japanese and one from New Zealand. It's near Kofu. You walk along the river bed.

Gorge-ous, right?

It wasn't really "hiking" so much as walking along this path. Let's just say there were women in heels and dresses carrying purses. That's Japan for ya! Also, there were all these souvenir shops and restaurants along the way. Good for bathroom access and snacking, but not great for really feeling like you're in the nature.

They were really into showcasing the agates, crystals and other interesting stones, in this case in this little rock garden. I can't decide if it's creepy or cute. That's a frequent problem for me here.

Finally we arrived at the Sengataki Waterfall

You know how there's a stereotype about Japanese tourists obsessively taking pictures when they travel? They're like that when they travel domestically too. It was like the paparazzi--poor waterfall. Luckily I'm tall and can pretty much take pictures over people's heads :)

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