|Location:||At the town Shobara.|
|Address:||Taishaku Gorge, Tojocho Taishakumido, Shobara, Hiroshima 729-5244 Taishaku Gorge, Tel: +81-, Fax: +81-,|
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Taishaku Gorge is an 18km long valley in the center of the Chugoku Mountains. It is part of the Hiba-Dogo-Taishaku Quasi-National Park and listed as a national place of scenic beauty. The area is partly limestone which is karstified and the gorge is riddled with caves and natural bridges.
When starting from the town Shobara, a single lane road leads up the gorge. There are various sights a long the way, like Hakuun Cave, Ohashi Natural Bridge, Demon Memorial Tower, and Oni Karamon. Hakuun-do is a show cave with electric light and the only cave in the gorge which is open to the public.
The 雄橋 (Ohashi or Onbashi Bridge) is the largest natural bridge in Japan with a length of 90m, a width of 19m and a height of 40m. It is also called Kami-no Hashi (Bridge of God). As there is a road through the gorge which was actually connecting Miwa and Uyama, used once by normal traffic, and goeing through this natural bridge, this is one of the rare Caves Used as Road Tunnel.
The 鬼の供養塔 (Demon Memorial Tower) is a huge limestone pillar which is 10m high and 2m wide.
鬼の唐門 (Oni Karamon) is another natural bridge or cave ruin. It is about 8m high and if the water is low enough it is possible to walk through in the river bed.