Oct 11, 2011

Dakigaeri Foliage Festival 2011 (Traditional Arts Performance, Tea Party, and an Theater Appreciation)

The virgin forest on both sides of cliffs and the waterfalls over the edges of the river show you different faces throughout all seasons; beautiful turquoise in the river, the vibrant green and red on the trees are so marvelous that it is praised as “Yabakei Gorge of Tohoku.” (Yabakei in Oita Prefecture has been praised as one of the 3 most beautiful sceneries of Japan.)

Dakigaeri Gorge Looked from the Kami-no-Iwa Bridge

Soon as you arrive, you will be impressed by the grand panoramic scenery over the Kami-no-Iwa Bridge. Mikaeri-no-taki is a waterfall to which you look forward to at the end of your 15 minutes walk.* The two-stories waterfall is especially gorgeous when looked from a bit far. Make sure you take a look back at the waterfall, as is named as “Waterfall of Looking Back.”

*The Mikaeri-no-Taki Waterfall is the end of your trail, for the road is closed due to the deterioration.

Foliage Festival has been being held at Dakigaeri Gorge Area. On certain days during the festival, local traditional arts such as Hirokunai Sasara and Umezawa Sasara will be performed around noon on October 29, 30, and November 3, 2011.

Also, O-cha-kai (Tea Party) will be welcoming you in a designated area with a free cup of maccha green tea with a sweet bite on October 22, 23, 29, and 30 from 10 a.m. to 15:00 p.m.

A guided walking tour and a theater appreciation? You can join a tour on Sunday, October 23 from 10 a.m. to 16 p.m. You will be guided to take a walk to the Mikaeri-no-Taki waterfall in the morning, and afternoon you will be watching the Warabi-za musical play, Omoide Poroporo. The first 30 can sign up for this event, and the fee is only 1,500 Yen. Please sign up with Tazawako Tourist Information Center FOLAKE at folake@tazawako.org or call 0187-43-2111.

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