Now the Dakigaeri Foliage Festival （抱返り紅葉祭） is happening at the Dakigaeri Gorge through October 6th, 2011. Here is a walking map of the area!
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This map can be obtained at
Tazawako Tourist Information Center FOLAKE (at JR Tazawako Station).
Access and Parking:
You can access to the area from late April to November (it may vary depending on the weather conditions of that year). October is the month when it welcomes the most largest number of people.
The area can be accessed by your vehicle. It takes about 15 minutes from JR Tazawako Station and JR Kakundoate Station, and 5 minutes from JR Jindai Station. If taking a taxi, it is recommended to take one from JR Tazawako Station or Kakunodate Station, since the taxi services may not be available from Jindai at all times.
To Call a taxi, call Dakigaeri Kanko Taxi (0187-44-3118), Tazawako Kanko Taxi (0187-43-1331), Obonai Kanko Hire (0187-1221), and Kakunodate Kanko Taxi (0187-54-1144).
Park your car in the designated parking area in front of the Dakigaeri Shrine. Parking area is free except for the Dakigaeri Foliage Festival weeks (300 Yen for small cars / 1,000 Yen for 1,000Yen).
During the festival, there is a free shuttle bus service between JR Kakunodate Station and Dakigeri. From Kakunodate Station, the shuttle leaves at 10:15, 12:15, 13:30, and 16:15; From Dakigaeri, it leaves at 11:08, 13:08, 15:08, and 17:08.