Another waterfall was next on the tour and this time we would have to hike up a mountain stream to get there. We parked the van and climbed down to the rocky riverbed. From there it was about a 15-minute hike in the river to the base of the falls. This waterfall was the start of the small stream and it was tucked in a corner at the end of the short hike.
Caption:The small river leading up to the falls was a fun hike.
Caption:The pool at the base looked like a great place for a swim.
Caption:Standing on the Osugidani Trail rock path that looks out over the river.
Our last waterfall of the day did not disappoint. The Rokujyupiro-daki was spectacular and the short hike in and out was a highlight of the day. Tatsumi-san led the way and we were all alone for as long as we wanted to stay.
Thanks to Tatsumi-san's complete knowledge of the area around the falls, I was able to confidently move to all of the best viewing spots. We even hiked down to the base of the falls where the water was pounding into the pool that flowed into a mountain stream. I could feel the power of the falls and it was producing a wonderfully refreshing mist in the air.
Caption: The short hike up to Rokujyupiro-daki was amazing.
Caption: Rokujyupiro-daki was our last waterfall of the day and it wasworth the wait.
On the way back to Okuise Forestpia, we pulled over and walked out onto a rock beach along the river to bask in the now warm sun of the afternoon. It had been an awesome day and Tatsumi-san was the ultimate guide. The natural beauty of Yoshino-Kumano National Park is something that all nature lovers would appreciate.
The diversity of nature in the Osugidani Gorge can’t be overstated. Tatsumi-san had taken me to see secluded sections of the Miyagawa, numerous waterfalls of various sizes, hidden mountain rivers and amazing examples of human engineering. Even after a full day of exploring the park with my hermit guide, I already had a strong desire to return someday and venture further into the Osugidani.
Caption: Exploring the park with Tatsumi-san was an unforgettable experience.
Throughout the day, I could feel Tatsumi-san's deep connection to the mountains where he has lived for over three decades. His love of the natural world is so complete that he has become part of Yoshino-Kumano National Park and I felt lucky to have had him introduce me to the area in a way that would have been impossible on my own. I truly can’t wait until my next adventure in this beautiful part of Japan.
If you are planning to visit amazing Mie Prefecture someday and you are looking for a special day of adventure in one of Japan’s most scenic areas, the Explore Osugidani With a Mountain Hermit experience is perfect. Tatsumi-san will make sure you leave the Osugidani Gorge with memories that will last a lifetime.
Caption: It was an amazing day with my fantastic guide.
EXPLORE OSUGIDANIWITH A MOUNTAIN HERMIT
Verde Odai Tourism
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
March to June
October to December
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays
¥8,000 per person (13 and older)
¥6,000 per child (12 and under)
- Includes guide fee and Okuise miyagawa Onsen discount ticket
- 2-6 people
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Around 9:00 AM
Okuise Forestpia Lounge
- 20 minutes by car from the Kisei Expressway “Omiya Odai” IC
- 15 minutes by taxi from Misedani Station on the JR Kisei Main Line
- About 5 hours by train
- About 5.5 hours by car
- About 3.5 hours by train
- About 2.5 hours by car
- About 3 hours by train
- About 1.5 hours by car