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Akiu Onsenkyo Hot Springs (Akiu Otaki Falls, Rairai-kyo Gorge)

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Akiu Onsen is a famous hot spring village that is known as the “inner parlor of Sendai.” The nearby Rairai-kyo Gorge has a 650m long trail. A roundtrip on the trail is about a 30 to 40 minute walk. Here, visitors can enjoy a variety of peculiarly-shaped rocks and the beauty of the gorge to their heart's content. Walking a little further will reveal an impressive close-up view of Akiu Otaki Falls, one of the top three waterfalls of Japan, with a width of 6m and a drop of 55m.

Street address

Akiumachi Taihaku-ku, Sendai City, Miyagi

Access

Route1

  • <Akiu Onsen Hot Springs. Rairai-kyo Gorge>
    About 50 minutes on the Miyagi Kotsu bus bound for Akiu Onsen, from JR Sendai Station West Exit, bus stop No. 8. Get off at Akiu Bunka-no-sato Center or Akiu Onsen Yumoto bus stop.
    <Akiu Otaki Falls>
    About 70 - 75 minutes on the Miyagi Kotsu bus bound for Akiu Otaki, from JR Sendai Station West Exit, bus stop No. 8. Short walk from Akiu Otaki bus stop. *Two buses operate only on weekends and national holidays.

Route2

  • <Akiu Onsen Hot Springs, Rairai-kyo Gorge>
    About 15 minutes by Sendai Municipal Bus bound for Uenohara, Nojirimachikita, or Futakuchi, from JR Ayashi Station, bus stop No. 2. Get off at Akiu Bunka-no-sato Center.
    <Akiu Otaki Falls>
    About 40 minutes by Sendai Municipal Bus bound for Futakuchi, from JR Ayashi Station, bus stop No. 2. Short walk from Akiu Otaki bus stop.

Opening Hours

Closed

Website

http://sendai-travel.jp/places/akiu/

Best season

May, Jun., Jul., Aug., Sep., Oct.

Point

Rairai-kyo Gorge is lit up at night from May to September.
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