Many people visit Uji to see Byodo-in, cormorant fishing in summer, and to sample the excellent green tea products. However not many people follow the Uji River upstream to Amagase Dam. That's a shame, because you can hike, cycle or even drive up one side of the river, and return down the other (both are beautiful and interesting) After enjoying the extremely scenic path beside the river you arrive at a wonderful picnic location. There is a bridge just below the dam with great views, and you can climb stone steps down to the river and sunbathe on the rocks. There are also places to fish and even some pretty waterfalls, and you can hike up through the forest above the dam for 10 minutes to a lookout with a view of the whole area.
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I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for one year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for nine years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014. I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.