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Dakigaeri Valley is one of the Tohoku region's most beautiful valleys. It gets the name from the combination of two words "Daki" (to hug/embrace) and "Kaeri" (switch positions). Long ago, the trekking path was extremely narrow, so narrow in fact that people coming from opposite directions had to "hug and hold each other" to pass through. The brilliantly blue stream flows among the magnificent mountains, and makes a stark contrast with fresh green leaves in summer and the colorful foliage in autumn.
Between Sotsuda Tazawako, Senboku, Akita and Hirokunai, Kakunodate-machi, Senboku, Akita
The hiking trails are closed due to snow from late November to late April.
Mikaeri Waterfall (literally Look Back Waterfall) is a 30-minute walk from the entrance of the valley. It is said that the waterfall's beauty is such that visitors want to look back at it over and over again.
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