Dakigaeri Valley

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Candywhite9595
Singapore, Singapore138 contributions
Couples
We stayed over at Kakunodate town and visited this place in October. There is a free shuttle bus from the Tourist information centre in Kakunodate to Dakigaeril Valley during autumn leaves viewing period. However, we missed the 11.00am shuttle service and took a taxi to the gorge and caught the 3.00pm shuttle bus back. Taxi fare was about 2700 yen.
The colours of the gorge was changing, not fully at its peak, but still very beautiful. It was a 2 km easy walk to the waterfall along a narrow path (which was the reason for the gorge's name). There was a festival selling local delights when we were there, and we enjoyed the kids performance too.
Written November 23, 2015
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bakatori
Singapore, Singapore552 contributions
Solo
When you travel alone, if you are lost, you are lost. 
It is exciting to travel the unbeaten path. You never know what to expect.
However, Unbeaten also mean you have no information at all.
Dakikaeri Gorge is one of those unbeaten path. The only information I got from Internet is in Japanese. No detailed map, no outstanding landmark, just one map with a route that says just about anything.
On top of that, Jindai Station is just a platform with a small cubicle for waiting. It is unmanned, and no toilet at all. So I couldn't get any information from the station just like I couldn't get any relieve from my full bladder.
As I was walking blindly, without any direction in mind, I was contemplating should I retrace my step back to the station and take the next train out of here.
I did not, and I was lucky, I found a police post by the road.
I walked right into the police post to ask for assistance.
Next thing I knew, I was redirected to the correct path.
Now I have a route, I have a direction. I am glad I persevered.

Along the quiet road leading to this wonderful place, I encountered practically no one, less than 5 moving vehicles. 

Dakigaeri Gorge is definitely a out of the way, away from the beatened path, God-knows-where place one must visit for Autumn Foliage.

I left Jindai Station at 6:45am, reached Dakigaeri Gorge at about 9:30am.
There was a signage displaying schedule for the free shuttle bus that plied between Towadako and Dakigaeri gorge at the makeshift car park during the autumn foliage.
Food stalls were set up in the vincinity, after all it was Autumn Matsuri.

The red suspension bridge, the blue stream, the rapids, the arrays of autumn bloom, the tunnels. And at the end of all these, a beautiful waterfall.

Was this place worthy of embrace and return? For other seasons, I have no comment, not yet. Autumn? Yes, a thousands of embraces, a thousands of returns. 
Written December 14, 2013
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asianms
Singapore, Singapore171 contributions
Solo
Summer is not the usual time to visit Dakigaeri Valley and there is no bus that goes that way. I had to take a taxi (3000¥ 1 way) to the start of the valley, but it was very enjoyable. With the well-trodden path to the waterfall, it makes for an easier walk that takes about 1 hour if you walk at a brisk pace. I wandered along and stopped to take photos, listen to bird chirp, and generally just took my time, which amounted to 2 hours. The best part is there is no crowd. I crossed paths with about 10 people the entire route.
Written June 11, 2015
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yoshiy475
Sumida, Japan50 contributions
Couples
The end of April or the beginning of May is good for hiking if you like hiking or walking and nature. Beautiful scenery and not many people.
Written April 8, 2019
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Marvin Y
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Friends
The views are nice and the trail not too difficult for all ages.

The full trail can be completed in slightly over an hour (or an hour if you hurry past the photo ops).

Something I wish I knew before coming was transport options and could not find an updated one in 2018.

There is a Free shuttle bus from Kakunodate station (yes, they do a return leg too) at 4 times a day during 10 oct to 10 nov 2018. Timings in the picture.

The visitors centre at the station will be able to advise you. (Come out of the station, its a standalone hut on the right). The visitors centre can also hold your bags for you, but if they run out of capacity, there are always lockers.
Written October 21, 2018
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DAVID V
Bangkok, Thailand563 contributions
I am sure this valley is wonderful, in the autumn it must be spectacular but April - with the snows recently melted and the countryside looking shades of grey and brown - it is not worth going to
Written April 9, 2016
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GraftonRiverguide
Grafton, Australia546 contributions
Couples
This is a very popular location and we visited on a day where there seemed to be more activity than usual. There were a variety of food stalls and a ceremony occurring in the Shinto Shrine near the start of the walk. There is a huge car park but as we were early we had an uncrowded walk up to the falls. The valley was a delight in its autumn colours and the stream particularly beautiful. By the time we finished the walk the whole area had become very crowded with a large number of tour buses arriving so an early visit is recommended.
Written November 20, 2018
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Louichan
Tokyo, Japan215 contributions
Couples
What a hidden gem! We came to Akita mostly for Oga Peninsula and Kakunodate, but both were trumped by these beautiful waterfalls. A pleasant hike in and then gorgeous views. Probably the prettiest falls I've even seen in my many years in Japan.
Written June 15, 2015
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Leah D
Akita, Japan27 contributions
Couples
This valley is easy to access from Kakunodate and Lake Tazawa if you have a car. Just take Route 46, turn on Route 50 and follow the signs. The path to the beautiful waterfall at the end is just under one hour round trip. The lovely azure waters of the valley and the stunning views from the path along it make it an enjoyable walk and very romantic. The path is 90% flat and does not require much hiking. You don't need any special gear or equipment save maybe a bottle of water, but some of the path is rocky gravel, so decent walking shoes would be a good idea.
Written September 1, 2013
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Stanleymak7777
Singapore, Singapore66 contributions
This is a short trip from Kanuodate, Akita. The entire trip to cover Dakigaeri-keikoku Gorge(抱返り渓谷) takes about 1 and a half hour. When I was there in mid-Oct, 2019, only 30-40% of the trees were red or yellow. If I were there at the end of Oct or early Nov., this Gorge would be amazingly red and yellow.

Shuttle Bus from Kakunodate Station:
Dakigaeri-keikoku Gorge(抱返り渓谷):15 minutes by bus from JR Kakunodate Station.

In autumn, a Y1,000 1-Day shuttle bus runs from Kakunodate Station 6 times a day: The bus ticket covers all the way to Tazawa Lake Station. You can cover these two places with just one ticket.

Depart: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15.00.
Return: 10.30, 11.30, 12.30, 13.30, 14.30 and 15.30
Written October 28, 2019
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