Autumn Leaves in Gokei Valley, Soja City

Autumn Leaves in Gokei Valley, Soja City

Hi there. It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. I would like to share our autumn-leaf watching in Gokei Valley, Soja City this time.

Autumn Leaves in Gokei Valley, Soja City

Gokei Valley is one of the most popular places for watching autumn leaves in Okayama Prefecture. Another place I’ve introduced before, Hofukuji Temple is only about 3 km away, so it would be nice to hop as well! Leaves in this area turn red/yellow early November and this beautiful scenery lasts for a month or so.

For drivers, I highly recommend to get there in the morning like 9 AM due to traffic in this season. It is not as busy as Okutsukei Valley though many people come by and soon it makes a long lineup for parking which is just a pain! >x<

Autumn Leaves in Gokei Valley, Soja City
Start point (around the information center).
Autumn Leaves in Gokei Valley, Soja City
Mrs. Wada (too bad I can’t show you her big smile).
Autumn Leaves in Gokei Valley, Soja City
Very colorful! (and bright)
Autumn Leaves in Gokei Valley, Soja City
See the beautiful reflection in the water?

Information

Name Gokei Valley (名勝豪渓)
Access By car
Free parking is available.
By public transportation
Catch a Chutetsu bus (大和~妙仙寺前線) at Soja Station, get off at Kagehira (520 yen one way), and WALK down to Gokei for about 1.6 km.
2761 Makidani Soja City, Okayama

 

Lastly

How do you find it? We loved it since it is not so crowded but still amazing like other popular place. We may go back next year again!

See you around!

Kinojo Hiking Trails in Soja City

Kinojo Hiking Trails in Soja City

Hi there. It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. I would like to introduce the Kinojo hiking trails in Soja City.

Kinojo Hiking Trails in Soja City, Okayama prefecture

Kinojo (鬼ノ城) is a ruins of a castle that lays on Mt. Kinojo. It is known as a model of the Ura (orge) castle from the Momotaro tale. Aside from that, its history remains a mystery since there is no record about this place but it is said that it was a fort built in the late 9th century.

We picked one of the hiking trails that goes around the Kinojo (the pink part in the photo below). It is supposed to take about 1.5 hours.

 

Grab a stick and we are off to go!

 

See the architecture over there? That’s the ruins.

 

The West gate. There are four gates (North, South, West, and East) around the ruins and they were all rebuilt later on.

 

 

The South gate.

 

Breezy. The entire Soja City can be seen.

 

 

Oh we are back to where we started! (pant pant)

Note:
Ren (Mrs. Wada) saw a snake passing by. But do not freak out. Keep watching your step. They won’t attack unless you offend them.

Alright. That’s all for today.

 

Information

Kinojo
1101-2 Kuroo, Sōja-shi, Okayama

 

Lastly

How do you find it? It was a little hard but still nice for rehab. Hehe. It took us like 2 hours with coffee time on the way. Just like Green Shower Forest where I’ve previously featured. I found walking around ruins is fun. Hope you enjoyed.

See you around!