Gokase is well-known for its beautiful sunset vistas. Take a day trip to see the sights, go hiking, or enjoy skiing, then find yourself place to sit back and relax while watching the horizon.
Gokase Winery 五ヶ瀬ワイナリー
Established in 2005, the winery has a nice restaurant and provides tours of the winery fields. The location also boasts a spectacular view of Mt. Aso on a clear day. Like Tsuno, Gokase’s winery is still young and in the process of building up its vintage collection, but definitely worth a try if you like a more tart, fresh taste.
Location: 五ヶ瀬ワイナリー (map)
Gokase Highland Ski 五ヶ瀬ハイランドスキー場
The most southern ski slope in Japan, at 1,610 meters tall you’ll have spectacular views of Mt. Aso from the top. Great for a weekend ski or snowboard trip that won’t break the bank, and even better for those who just want to try it for the first time! Bring your own equipment or rent it there–they have everything you could need.
Location: 五ヶ瀬ハイランドスキー場 (map)
TEL: 0982-83-2141 Ski Office: 0982-83-2144
Sangasho Shrine 三ケ所神社
Built around AD 900, the construction style of this shrine has been specified as a Miyazaki Prefecture tangible cultural property. In the springtime the area is full of blooming rhododendrons, at which time a large festival is held.
Location: 三ケ所神社 (map)
8736 Sankasho, Gokase-chō, Nishiusuki-gun, Miyazaki-ken 882-1203
Myouken Shrine 妙見神社
This shrine is famous for the spring water which originates in the limestone caves of Mt. Gion.
Location: 妙見神社 (map)
5640 Kuraoka, Gokase-chō, Nishiusuki-gun, Miyazaki-ken 882-1201
Furutono Shrine 古戸野
A shinto shrine just a short drive from the winery.
Location: 古戸野 (map)
4695 Kuwanouchi, Gokase-chō, Nishiusuki-gun, Miyazaki-ken 882-1202
Josenji Temple’s Weeping Cherry Tree 浄専寺のしだれ桜
Gokase has three famous weeping cherry trees, each of which has been declared a natural monument, and range in age from 250-300 years old. Two of these trees are at private residences, but the third and oldest can be found at Josenji Temple. The temple was built in 1615, and its 300 year-old weeping cherry tree has been established as a cultural monument. From late-March to early-April, the blooming cherry blossoms attract many visitors.
Location: 浄専寺 (map)
8701 Sankasho, Gokase, Nishiusuki District, Miyazaki Prefecture 882-1203
Gion Large Cypress Tree 祇園の大ヒノキ
Known to the locals as a “power spot,” the Gion cypress is a 700 year-old tree hidden away along the mountain roads. The central trunk was lost in its youth, and the surrounding branches grew in such a way that the tree now looks like a massive hand reaching upwards.
Location: 祇園の大ヒノキ (map)
〒882-1201, Kuraoka, Gokase, Nishiusuki District, Miyazaki Prefecture 882-1201
Unoko Waterfall うのこの滝
Unoko features a 20m drop into a large, clear blue basin surrounded by unique rock formations. Conveniently located near Gokase no Sato Camp Village.
Location: うのこの滝 (map)
〒882-1203 Miyazaki-ken, Nishiusuki-gun, Gokase-chō, Sankasho
Shirataki Falls 白滝
Boasting a 60 meter drop, Shirataki is a sight to see any time of year, but is especially stunning in the autumn, when it is surrounded by fall colors, or in winter, when sometimes the entire waterfall is frozen into icicles! Its a little difficult to find, but if you drive along Route 265 you’ll see a sign for it. The road is narrow and steep, but the views will be well worth the trip!
Location: 白滝 (map)
Ugeno Falls うげの滝