Rowing through the volcanic Takachiho Gorge and rainbow waterfall
Probably one of the most famous places in Takachiho district in the Kyushu Mountains of Japan, Takachiho Gorge is a hidden narrow chasm cut through the sheer basalt rock walls by the remarkably pristine Gokase River. The gorge is made of slow forming volcanic basalt columns formed over 100,000 years ago after volcanic eruptions of Mount Aso, making it a unique sightseeing spot. Besides following the riverside path along the banks, the best way to enjoy the gorge is by rowing down the river. As the water is calm and easy to navigate, you will get a chance to see a close up view of the surrounding cliffs and natural environment. Along the boat ride, you can admire several spectacular waterfalls, the finest of which is the 17 meter high Minainotaki with an impressive backdrop of dense green foliage and grey cliffs. In autumn, Takachiho Gorge boasts incredible colors when the leaves change, offering a photogenic site for visitors.