The Takachiho Gorge was one of those places I wasn't expecting to be as cool as it actually was in real life. This area, especially during the fall is amazing. The Manai Waterfall is one of the top 100 falls in Japan. You can rent little row boats and paddle through them which is how I was able to get this photo.
This gorge was created in ancient times when Mt. Aso erupted creating a lava flow. These Basalt Hexagonal columns (known as Columnar Basalts) are formed when lava rapidly cools.
The gorge is located on the southern Island of Japan seen by clicking here on Google Maps. It's a bit in the middle of nowhere, but the surrounding area when driving to these falls is amazing so it's well worth the drive. I really want to take a few days one of these days and just do some road trip photography all around southern Japan. The rice farms near the Takachiho Gorge and Nagasaki are amazing. The hear the best time to do that is around June when the fields are flooded creating nice reflections. Although, right now has been pretty awesome when all the Japan Maple trees are changing.
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