As the Makidani River cascades through Gokei Valley, the distinctive rock formations native to this region rise from the bank. The rugged edge of the riverbed and pale crests of the rapids speak to the strength of the current. Gokei Valley was best known for its autumnal beauty. Here Hiroshige forgoes the fiery shades of fall and emphasizes the monumentality of the landscape through the scale of the travelers and trees. The former Bitchu Province now belongs to western Okayama Prefecture. Today, Gokei Valley continues to attract those seeking the seasonal beauty of autumn.