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Geibikei Gorge ( Ichinoseki City ) 

 ( Special historic site ) 
Geibikei is a 2-km gorge formed by the Satetsu River, surrounded by soaring cliffs of over 50 meters. The name “Geibi,” which means “lion nose,” comes from a limestone near the end of the gorge which resembles a lion's nose.

It is famous for its 90-minute round-trip boat ride, with a great view of waterfalls, impressive rocks, a limestone cave, etc. At the half way point of the ride, you can get off the boat for a walk. There is a large cliff with a small hole, and you can purchase “undama” or “luck stones”  ( 5 stones for 100 yen )  and try to throw them into the hole; if you are successful, you will get good luck. There are many fish in the river, which you can feed from the boat. During the downstream ride, you can enjoy the boatman sing a local folk song called Geibi Oiwake. From December through February, you can enjoy a hot nabe dish on a boat with a kotatsu, a low table which also serves as a heater.




Geibikei offers beautiful scenery throughout the year, such as the fresh green of the spring, autumn foliage, and purple wisteria flowers on the cliffs and on the trellis at the end of the gorge in the spring.

General information

Nagasaka Azamachi, Higashiyama-cho, Ichinoseki
Hours: April through August: 8:30-16:30, September through October: 8:30-16:00, November through March: 9:00-15:00, Open every day
Fare: adults 1,500 yen; high school students 1,200 yen; junior high school students 1,000 yen; elementary school students 800 yen; kindergarten or under 100 yen Group discount: 10 % off for groups of 15 or more; 20 % off for groups of 100 or more
Parking: near the dock  ( 500 yen ) ; in front of Geibi Rest House and Higashiyama Kanko Hotel  ( free ) 
Inquiries: 0191-47-2341, Genbi Sightseeing Center
Geibikei Boat Ride  ( 1 hour 30 minutes ) 
Information in English: http://www.machinet.jp/geibikanko/gif/e.pdf
Information in Chinese: http://www.machinet.jp/geibikanko/gif/c.pdf

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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

JR Ofunato Line
From Ichinoseki Station Platform 3 to Geibikei Station: about 32 min; 5 min. on foot from the station
Geibikei Station

Bus from JR Ichinoseki Station
Geibikei Line
Get on at Ichinoseki Station Boarding Area 7 Get off at Geibikei; 1 min. on foot from the stop 42 min. ride
Buses run from 10:00 to 18:00 6 or 7 buses a day
0191-23-1626  ( Ichinoseki Station Bus Information Center ) 
Ichinoseki Station

Car
30 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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