After visiting Furano and Biei, our next stop was Sōunkyō. Sōunkyō (層雲峡?) is a range of gorges located in Kamikawa, Hokkaidō, Japan. Situated in the Daisetsuzan National Park, the area is known for its hotels and onsen (hot springs) resorts as well as waterfalls and magnificent cliffs scenery. The term “Sōunkyō” means respectively the layer (層), cloud (雲) and gorge (峡) in Japanese, and the origin of the name is a word “Souunbetsu” in Ainu language, which means “the river with many waterfalls”. source : wikipedia.org
As it was early Autumn when we visited Hokkaido, some area around here were the first places in Japan to see Autumn colors. As the temperature were cooler up there, it was also ideal for relaxing in hot springs.
All photos were shot with Canon EOS 5D Mark II and EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM.