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Sounkyo Gorge

Sounkyo, Kamikawa-cho, Kamikawa-gun, Hokkaido 078-1701 , Japan
+81 1658-9-4400 
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Ranked #3 of 17 attractions in Kamikawa-cho
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Canyons, Waterfalls
Description: The main attraction at Daisetsuzan National Park is this 12.4-mile gorge with towering cliffs and tumbling waterfalls.
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141 reviews 141 reviews
42 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We briefly stopped here before heading over to the ropeway. We lucked out as there were no tour buses there at all and it was remarkably quiet. There isn't a whole lot to see here, but there are food and restroom facilities and the waterfall itself is worth stopping at before or after you head to the ropeway.

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57 reviews 57 reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This place was one of the attractions we visited during our Hokkaido trip. The view of the waterfalls was really really nice and I'm sure it'll be even more spectacular when they're frozen in winter!

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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

There's a free shuttle bus from the hotel I was staying (Taisetsu) to the ice fall festival. Thanks to this free shuttle service, I got to see fabulous illuminated ice caves, icicles and ice structures. There was even a fireworks show at 8.30pm. There was even a slide for people who wanted to have some fun.

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179 reviews 179 reviews
67 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

In the winter, the views here were like those we see in travel magazines! The view of the Shooting Stars and Milky Way waterfalls and the surrounding mountains were amazing. One of the waterfall was completely frozen, although the other waterfall had ice but we could see water flowing down. Amazing! We also visited the Sounkyo Ice festival and had... More

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Hong Kong, China
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

But the day we went it was cloudy so we saw things clearly above and below the clouds. On a nice day the view would be spectacular.

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Singapore, Singapore
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26 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Sounkyo Gorge is at the foot of the mountain in Daisetsu-Zan National Park bordered by high cliffs...an awesome sight of the two most popular waterfalls - The Milky Way Falls (Ginga-no-taki) and Shooting Star Falls (Ryusei-no-taki) at this location. Water falls directly over the cliffs into two rock formations - Obako (like folding screens) and Kobako (fantastic crags). It was... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

Small shops offer interesting snacks like pumpkin ice-cream and yubari melon topped up with ice-cream. Such indulgence.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

This is one of the popular tourist destinations in Hokkaido, and it’s not hard to see why. I really liked the mountainous landscapes here!!! While you’re here, go see the Ryusei-no-taki and Ginga-no-taki, they really look like those waterfalls in Chinese paintings =) I would have loved to explore more of this place, but since I was on a group... More

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Hong Kong, China
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19 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

Summer time, the valley is filled with green. Cool breeze will running water fall and river. Air is sweet and fresh. Mountain sharp is a change from what has been seen along the ride.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

Decent sized festival with some slides/maze/snow houses etc. We spent 1 hour there and enjoyed every minute. The temperature was at around minus 15 degrees, so wear warm clothes.

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