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Kikuchi Gorge

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Easy Day Hike in Kikuchi Gorge Kikuchi  Japan

Easy Day Hike in Kikuchi Gorge

Kikuchi Gorge lies a 20-25 minute drive east of Kikuchi City, making it a true rural escape and a preferable summertime alternative to the steamy cities of southern Japan.

The gorge is ringed by an easy, 2-kilometer hiking path that crisscrosses the river at spots and allows for close-up views of waterfalls and local flora. In the autumn, this is also a prime destination for fall foliage.

The surrounding fields and rice paddies are known for their proliferation of fireflies in June.