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Gembikei Gorge ( Ichinoseki City ) 

 ( National place of scenic beauty; natural monument ) 
Gembikei Gorge is a dynamic 2-km gorge formed by the Iwai River flowing from Mt. Kurikoma. In 1927, it was designated as a national place of scenic beauty and a natural monument. The rough boulders on either side of the river and the beautiful clear water become colored with cherry blossoms in the spring, azaleas in the early summer, and the autumn foliage. The sound of the water echoes against the rocks and fills the gorge. From April through October, you can also ride an excursion carriage around the gorge.



Gembikei is famous for its dango, or sweet rice dumpling. There are many dango shops, but the most famous is the Kakko-ya, established in 1878, and its Kakko Dango, also known as the “Flying Dango.” You put money in a basket hanging on a cable stretched across the river and knock on a board to signal the store on the other side of the river; the basket is then pulled up to the store, and comes back flying across the river with dango and tea inside. Three types of dango are available: an  ( red bean ) , goma  ( sesame ) , and mitarashi  ( sweet soy sauce syrup ) .

General information

Inquiries: 0191-21-8413 Ichinoseki City Commerce and Tourism Division

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Access

JR Tohoku Shinkansen
From Morioka Station to Ichinoseki Station: 41 min.
From Tokyo Station to Ichinoseki Station: 2 hr. 33 min.
Ichinoseki Station

Highway Bus
Kesen Liner  ( Ikebukuro to Kamaishi ) 
Ichinoseki Station

Bus from JR Ichinoseki Station
Gembikei/Mizuyama Line
Get on at Ichinoseki Station Boarding Area 9 Get off at Gembikei
Buses from 6:55 to 18:40 1 to 3 buses an hour
0191-23-1626  ( Ichinoseki Station Bus Information Center ) 
Ichinoseki Station

Taxi
About 12 min. from JR Ichinoseki Station
Ichinoseki Station

Taxi
About 11 min. from JR Hiraizumi Station
Hiraizumi Station

Car
About 10 min. from Ichinoseki IC

Tourist Information
Ichinoseki Tourist Information 0191-23-2350
Ichinoseki Station

Sightseeing Course

Taxi Courses
Kataribe Taxi 2-Hour Course A

Course Name: Kataribe Taxi 2-Hour Course A

Areas: Ichinoseki Station; Motsuji; Chusonji; Ichinoseki Station
Fare for 1 adult  ( 1 child ) , or fare per vehicle: Small 9,600 yen
Time: About 2 hr.

Information: Ichinoseki Tourism Association tel: 0191-23-0066 

Kataribe Taxi 2-Hour Course B

Course Name: Kataribe Taxi 2-Hour Course B

Areas: Ichinoseki Station; Gembikei; Takkoku no Iwaya; Motsuji; Chusonji; Ichinoseki Station
Fare for 1 adult  ( 1 child ) , or fare per vehicle: Small 9,600 yen
Time: About 2 hr.

Information: Ichinoseki Tourism Association tel: 0191-23-0066 

Kataribe Taxi 3-Hour Course

Course Name: Kataribe Taxi 3-Hour Course

Areas: Ichinoseki Station; Motsuji; Senjuin Temple  ( Mt. Kinkei ) ; Takadachi Gikeido; Chusonji; Ichinoseki Station
Fare for 1 adult  ( 1 child ) , or fare per vehicle: Small 14,400 yen
Time: About 3 hr.

Information: Ichinoseki Tourism Association tel: 0191-23-0066 

Kataribe Taxi 4-Hour Course

Course Name: Kataribe Taxi 4-Hour Course

Areas: Ichinoseki Station; Gembikei; Takkoku no Iwaya; Motsuji; Takadachi Gikeido; Chusonji; Ichinoseki Station
Fare for 1 adult  ( 1 child ) , or fare per vehicle: Small 19,200 yen
Time: About 4 hr.

Information: Ichinoseki Tourism Association tel: 0191-23-0066 

Kataribe Taxi 5-Hour Course

Course Name: Kataribe Taxi 5-Hour Course

Areas: Ichinoseki Station; Chusonji; Takadachi Gikeido; Muryokoin Temple Site; Yanagi no Gosho Site; Motsuji; Takkoku no Iwaya; Gembikei; Ichinoseki Station
Fare for 1 adult  ( 1 child ) , or fare per vehicle: Small 24,000 yen
Time: About 5 hr.

Information: Ichinoseki Tourism Association tel: 0191-23-0066 

Kataribe Taxi 6-Hour Course

Course Name: Kataribe Taxi 6-Hour Course

Areas: Ichinoseki Station; Geibikei; Chusonji; Motsuji; Takkoku no Iwaya; Gembikei; Ichinoseki Station
Fare for 1 adult  ( 1 child ) , or fare per vehicle: Small 28,800 yen
Time: About 6 hr.

Information: Ichinoseki Tourism Association tel: 0191-23-0066 

Kataribe Taxi 7-Hour Course

Course Name: Kataribe Taxi 7-Hour Course

Areas: Ichinoseki Station; Honederamura Shoen Site; Takkoku no Iwaya; Motsuji; Yanagi no Gosho Site; Muryokoin Temple Site; Chusonji; Chojagahara Temple Site; Shirotoritate Site; Ichinoseki Station
Fare for 1 adult  ( 1 child ) , or fare per vehicle: Small 33,600 yen
Time: About 7 hr.

Information: Ichinoseki Tourism Association tel: 0191-23-0066 

Express Bus Courses
Ichinoseki Station-Chusonji Direct Line   Early April to late November

Course Name: Ichinoseki Station-Chusonji Direct Line Early April to late November

Areas: Ichinoseki Station; Chusonji
Fare for 1 adult  ( 1 child ) : 350 yen  ( 180 yen ) 
Time, etc: 20 min.

Information: Iwateken Kotsu Ichinoseki Office tel: 0191-23-4250

Regular Sightseeing Bus Courses
Yoshitsune Course  ( get on at Ichinoseki Station or Hiraizumi Station )        

Course Name: Yoshitsune Course  ( get on at Ichinoseki Station or Hiraizumi Station )        

Time: 4 hr. 50 min.
Course: Ichinoseki Station Boarding Area 10  ( 11:40 ) →Hiraizumi Station  ( 11:59 ) →Yanagi no Gosho Museum  ( 12:03-12:30 ) →Chusonji *lunch on your own  ( 12:05-13:55 ) →Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center  ( 14:05-14:30 ) →Motsuji  ( 14:35-15:05 ) →Takkoku no Iwaya  ( 15:15-15:30 ) →Gembikei  ( 15:35-16:05 ) →Ichinoseki Station  ( 16:30 ) 
Fare:  ( from Ichinoseki Station )  adults 3400 yen; high school students 2800 yen; junior high school students 2200 yen; children 1500 yen  ( from Hiraizumi Station )  adults 3100 yen; high school students 2500 yen; junior high school students 2000 yen; children 1400 yen
*Lunch is not included; please have lunch on your own at Chuson-ji. *Yanagai no Gosho Museum is closed on Mondays; more time will be spent at Chuson-ji instead.
Dates: April 10-November 30; January 1-3

Information: Iwateken Kotsu Ichinoseki Office tel:0191-23-4250      

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Boat Ride Course  ( get on at Ichinoseki Station, Kanpo no Yado, or Gembikei; getting off at Chusonji is possible )  

Course Name: Boat Ride Course  ( get on at Ichinoseki Station, Kanpo no Yado, or Gembikei; getting off at Chusonji is possible )  

Time: 6 hr. 35 min.
Course: Ichinoseki Station Boarding Area 10  ( 10:30 ) ->Kanpo no Yado  ( 10:50 ) ->Gembikei  ( 10:55-11:25 ) ->Takkoku no Iwaya  ( 11:30-11:45 ) ->Motsuji  ( 11:55-12:25 ) ->Chusonji *lunch  ( 12:35-14:25 ) ->Geibikei Boat Ride  ( 15:00-16:35 ) ->Ichinoseki Station  ( 17:05 ) 
Fare:  ( with boat ride )  adults 5400 yen; high school students 4500 yen; junior high school students 3700 yen; children 2500 yen  ( without boat ride; get off at Chusonji )  adults 3050 yen; high school students 2450 yen; junior high school students 1850 yen; children 1320 yen
*Lunch is not included; please have lunch on your own at Chusonji. *Admission included
Dates: April 10-November 30

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