Genbikeibabibubebo | 29 10 2006
Genbikei (厳美渓), along with Geibikei (猊鼻渓), are two famous gorges in Iwate Prefecture in the Tohoku Region of Japan, with Geibikei being the more famous of the two. Genbikei can easily be reached by bus in about 30 minutes from Ichinoseki station. While being the less famous of the two gorges, if you are in Iwate Prefecture it is still worth checking out. I went in the fall season but the Genbikei claims that it offers a spectacular view during all four seasons.
There are a few trails you can walk along and follow Genbikei and the Iwai River that flows through it, but they are not so easily accessible. I did not walk too far so maybe at some point upstream it becomes more accessible but you can will probably be content after spending about 45 minutes or an hour there.
Actually, Genbikei might be most famous for it’s “Flying Dango.” Dango is a sticky riceball that comes in various favors such as seaseme (goma), red bean paste (an), or my personal favorite (the one with light brown sauce on the right), soy sauce (mitarashi). Genbikei has “Flying Dango” because a restaurant on one side of the gorge sends it to the other side of the gorge via rope and basket.
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