Geibikei

Geibikei, Ichinoseki: Hours, Address, Geibikei Reviews: 4.5/5

Bodies of Water • Valleys
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Geibikei gorge is in the south of Iwate Prefecture, which is in the northern Tohoku region of Japan. Our Boatmen use a simple wooden pole to both propel and steer the boats. This kind of boat ride in Japan is only found at Geibikei gorge. The gorge is special for its traditional Tohoku boats and beautiful, surrounding nature.It is great in all seasons. The"kotatsu"boats from December to February are especially good for enjoying Japanese culture along with the scenery. Throwing the "balls of luck"during the walk at the halfway point of the ride are another special feature of the experience.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Mick
Bangkok, Thailand120 contributions
Great day trip from Morioka
Sep 2020
Transit via Ichinoseki if using the train. The round trip to Geibikei was 1020Yen return fare and the walk to the boat pier from the station is only 400m. just follow the signs. The boat trip was lovely and cost 1800Yen for solo travelers. Cheaper if in a group. The trip took about 1hour 20 minutes. Large catfish (yes the water is clear) and ducks followed the boat hoping for a feed. Overall great day trip from Morioka. I imagine the trip in Autumn fall is even better.
Written September 28, 2020
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Cindyabroad
Concord, CA23 contributions
Lovely, lazy afternoon on the river
Oct 2019 • Couples
This is a lovely way to pass 2 hours. The guides only speak Japanese, but that just adds to the authenticity and, frankly, feeling of being left alone.
Written November 17, 2019
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John
Leavenworth, KS1,297 contributions
Two great narrow gorges in Ichinoseki - Geibikei and Genbikei
Nov 2018
If you are in the area, Geibikei is a wonderful gorge that is accessible only by flat-bottomed boat. The boats leave from the top of a shallowly dammed part of the river and travel up about 30 minutes through a deep rocky gorge. There are several rock and plant formations in various shapes and the guide will tell stories (in Japanese) to give local colour as you ascend the river. You can see fish and the bottom of the river most of the way up and back. If you buy duck food you can toss it to the many ducks and they will accompany you on your journey. If you do not feed them, you will find they head for other more generous boats along the way. At the apex of the journey, there is a sandy beach and you can try your hand at throwing stones toward a hole in the rocks on the other side of the river - good luck to those who can get their stones to land in the hole. After a few minutes at the beach, the boats return to the dam and end their trip. During the tourist season there are buses directly from Ichinoseki. The boat ride is about 10 minutes from the Sesennuma train station, which is the main way to get to Geibikei during the off season. There are a few restaurants and tourist shops in the vicinity of Geibikei. Visited 26 November 2018.
Written October 31, 2019
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Chun Tung L
123 contributions
the place you must go in iwate
Feb 2018 • Couples
it is a place to visit in iwate, you can take a boat to enjoy one of the most beautiful steam in japan. it's worth for your trip and have a memorable experience.
Written March 16, 2018
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toby d
London, UK11 contributions
Nice in the winter but no fish
Dec 2017
I visited the gorge in December and it was quite baron but still awe-inspiring. I would love to see it in the summer! It was a very peaceful journey and fun throwing rocks into the hole at the end. We were then treated to a fantastic traditional song on the journey back. There was no koi karp in the river but the ducks were following the boat and eating all of the fish food. Like other people have stated at the weekend it’s possible to get the Pokémon train back to the station to Ishineko. This does pop-up on Google Maps so plan your trip carefully as it is worth it (minus the screaming children) just so you can say you did it! Also trains on a sunday there and back seem to only go every two hours so really do plan ahead!
Written December 17, 2017
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I5069TLsarah
Tokyo, Japan66 contributions
Geibikei, a very beautiful place
Nov 2017 • Friends
it's a a river surrounded with mountains on both sides that was really breath-taking. You can only ride one of the boats there to see it. It's similar to Venice where the guy is driving you and singing Japanese traditional songs(although i don't understand Japanese but his voice was really good and people were happy with the song).
Written December 14, 2017
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Ong
Bangkok, Thailand150 contributions
Beautiful Nature and Culture
May 2017 • Friends
We went there and took the morning boat trip and it was perfect. The boat slowly headed for the cave and we enjoyed the ride. There are beautiful landscape along the way and the boatman sang for us in traditional Japanese music. I will definitely go back there again, if I have the chance.
Written May 30, 2017
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RolleingStone
Singapore, Singapore49 contributions
Peaceful ride through the gorge
Jul 2016 • Solo
A trip into a beautiful gorge that felt tranquil despite the boatload of people with me. The boatman entertained the passengers with songs and pointed us to the various landmarks in the valley giving a commentary as we went along.

For those taking public transport, take note that there is a bus that can bring you to hiraizumi. It's tucked between the tourist centre and the "geibi restaurant house" facing the river.
Written February 17, 2017
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WanM
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia29 contributions
Geibikei Gorge boat trip
Oct 2016 • Solo
Fantastic view of nature at its best. Autumn leaves riot of colours and the local
Boatman endless chatter. Don't understand Japanese but he was memorable like the scenery.

Worth the long travel time to visit.
Written December 12, 2016
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Grantie0702
Doha, Qatar84 contributions
A perfect day
Oct 2016 • Couples
The Geibikei boat trip was just delightful. Travelling through the gorge on a flat, crystal clear river was a peaceful as anything I have experienced. With excellent company, this cruise was invigorating and interesting. It was wonderful watching the fish swim alongside the boat hoping for food to come. To see 400 year old pine trees growing out of the cracks in the sheer rock wall was amazing and to walk to the end of the gorge and view the cliffs from their base was fabulous. I will never forget the morning I spent at Geibikei
Written November 2, 2016
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