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Located at the southern foot of Mt. Ishizuchi, Omogokei is the largest gorge in Shikoku District, which is designated a national scenic site and shrouded by the old growth forest. It is full of sheer cliffs, waterfalls, and oddly-shaped rocks, and autumn leaves are stunning in fall. There are two trails to walk along; one is Honryu (main stream) Route that has scenic beauty spots, such as Goshiki-kawara (riverbed) and Momiji-gawara (autumn leaf riverbed). The other trail is the tranquil and relaxing "Teppo Route" along the Teppo River. Both are cool in summer, and a lot of people visiting in fall to see the autumnal foliage.
- Wakayama, Kumakogencho, Kamiukena-gun, Ehime
- Contact No.
- 20-minute walk from Omogo bus stop, one hour ride on Iyotetsu-nanyo Bus bound for Omogo or bound for Ishizuchi-tsuchigoya from Kuma-eigyosho in front of Kuma-chugakko-mae bus stop, which is 70-minute ride on JR Shikoku Bus bound for Ochide from Matsuyama-eki-mae bus stop in front of Matsuyama Station on JR
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 120 minutes
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Stunning Scenery with Crystal Clear Water
The river water in Omogokei is extraordinarily clear and the sheer cliff rises up on it. The surrounding trees and flowers' seasonal changes accentuate the beauty of the gorge. You can stroll enjoying the sound of the river and the breeze blowing from the mountain.
Omogokei's Center Spot: Goshiki-gawara (Riverbed)
The area around the arched bridge, Goshiki-bashi, is the center of Omogokei sightseeing, and there are resting places. Goshiki means five colors and comes from the blue of the water, the black of moss, the white of rocks, the green of algae, and the red of autumn leaves. The river water gets colored by these five colors.
Autumn Leaves in Omogokei
There are many maple trees along the limpid stream in Omogokei, and their autumn leaves in different hues and the stunning river creates a picturesque scenery. The sheer cliffs and fantastically-shaped rocks in black, white, and red attach a wonderful harmony to the gorge.