This scenic gorge area stretches from the Hananuki Dam to the Kotakizawa Camp Site. The gorge's most famous attraction is the stunning Shiomi Falls Suspension Bridge. There are also plenty of hiking trails for exploring the area.
The best time to visit is autumn when foliage covers the area in a blanket of fiery reds and yellows. Summer is another excellent time to bask in the natural surroundings. Bring your swimwear and plunge into natural pools and streams, then relax with a barbecue or picnic at the camp area.
- Hananuki, Takahagi City
- By public transport: 20-minute taxi ride from Takahagi Station on the JR Joban Line. Shuttle buses from the station operate during the foliage season. For more information and timetables, please follow the Ibaraki Sightseeing Facebook page for updates in English.
By car: 15-minute drive from Takahagi IC on the Joban Expressway
- Business Hours
Autumn Foliage: Mid to late November
- TEL: 0293-23-7316
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Yukkura Hot Spring Baths
Run by the local municipality, this no-frills hot spring is the perfect place to relax after a day at the beach or sightseeing at the nearby aquarium and fish market.
The building also houses the local sports center, including a swimming pool and gym.
Nemoto Brewery was established in 1603. The brewery uses natural spring water to produce its domestic and international award-winning sake. The "Kuji no Yama" is particularly popular for its mellow fragrance.
Traditional Crafts/Sake Breweries
This onsen (hot spring facility) features a sauna, cold-water plunge pool, and large warm-water baths separated into male and female bathing areas. There are also two open-air baths constructed from natural stone and are covered with wooden canopies. Illuminated at night, these outdoor baths are perfect for relaxing after a long day of sightseeing.
With a pH of 8.5, the hot spring water naturally contains sodium calcium sulfate, which is said to make the skin look healthy and supple.
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