Layered rock formations at a beautiful gorge along the Arakawa river reminded ancient Japanese of stacked tatami mats, so they named this place Iwadatami (rock tatami mat). Only a few minutes walk from Nagatoro Station, Iwadatami is designated a Natural Park of Saitama. You can enjoy a pleasant walk along the bank. The flat rock layers make natural paths and steps. If you are feeling more adventurous, you can ride one of the wooden boats through the river rapids.
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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.