Ryuokyo Canyon

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Benjamin S
London, UK7 contributions
Couples
Good exercise along a beautiful canyon. About a 2km trek if you want to go on both bridges and back again, many good viewing points and waterfalls. Highly recommend for a couple's exercise date.
Written August 30, 2021
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Richard T
London, UK27 contributions
Family
Nikko and Kinugawa Spa may be familiar. Unfortunately, Ryuokyo Canyon is less known, whichi is a pity. The reason seems to be... the less train service farther than Kinugawa Spa Station and less service facilities around the spot. Nevertheless, it is worth the visit especially during early spring and autumn when you enjoy the green/changing colous of the forests with a spectacular scenery of the river and falls. Most people get off at Sin-Fujiwara Sta.(about 4 local restaurants and shops are there.) and do about an one-hour hike, going on one side of the path, going back the other side path across the river, which make a loop with a bridge. Only one small tea house was near the bridge. If you are interested in trekking, spare a few hours. Do not get off at Sin-Fujiwara, but get off at the next stop, Kawaji Onsen(spa) Sta. It takes about two hours to get back to Shin-Fujiwara Sta. The path is a little down on the whole, easier to walk through, and you can enjoy a wilder scenery. Just one reminder:
There are almost no shops available except for high seasons around Kawaji Onsen Sta., so please get the stuff in advance. In two hours, why don't you relax yourself at one of local shops at Sin-Fujiwara with tea, looking over the Canyon. Don't forget to bring a good camera!
Written July 15, 2018
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minimino
Singapore, Singapore35 contributions
Family
The entrance to the canyon is a small path in between a ramen and souvenir shop across the train station. We would have missed it if not for the lady from the ramen shop who spontaneously gave us a map of the hiking trail and ushered us onto the small path.
The hiking trail was good as it brought us to see very beautiful views of the canyon and serene waterfalls. It was a little challenging for my 4 year old but she managed to do the boardwalks, climb some steep steps and rocky grounds. Do wear a good pair of shoes as there would be some balancing to do occasionally. Overall, its worth a visit to immerse oneself in nature.
Written May 26, 2015
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Eugene
Melbourne, Australia704 contributions
Couples
Ryuokyo is a ravine located between Kinugawa Onsen and Kawaji Onsen. Volcanic rocks that were left behind after a volcanic eruption approximately 22 million years ago was slowly eroded away by the flow of the Kinugawa River. This created the ravine as we know today, which consists of many strange and odd shaped rocks.

As implied by the name Ryuokyo (also known as Dragon King Ravine), the magnificent scenery of the ravine along the riverbanks brings to mind the image of a writhing dragon. The area is particularly beautiful during autumn and is best viewed between the end of October and beginning of November. 
Written December 15, 2018
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BeyondBanality
Singapore287 contributions
Couples
Not many tourists as train to Ryuokyo station is beyond the coverage of the Tobu discount pass (last station covered by pass is Shin Fujiwara). We rented a car so getting here was not an issue (3km drive from our ryokan).

Entry to the canyon is free and the entrance is conveniently located within walking distance of Ryuokyo train station, where there is also a free (but busy) public carpark. The canyon is best viewed from the first span bridge near the entrance, but you need to go down several flights of stairs to get there (not wheelchair / stroller friendly). There is also a shrine and a short but mighty waterfall at the viewing platform near the first span bridge.

Most visitors only go as far as the first span bridge, but if you want to escape the crowds, simply cross to the other side and hike about 1km (2km return loop) to the second span bridge (Musashi bridge) where you can see a different part of the gorge (higher walls). This is a really pretty hike especially during koyo (fall foliage) season in Oct - we were there in early November and it was still nice even though half of the leaves had already fallen by then.

There are longer walks if you are so inclined but the 2km loop is the only one that lets you walk on both sides of the gorge. Other than the stairs to/from the carpark, the loop trail is mostly flat, although slippery in parts. The paths are clearly marked and you do not need special shoes or equipment (we wore sneakers). Most people should be able to complete the 2km trail in an hour.

Pictures and trip report on my blog (link in profile).
Written December 20, 2017
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Richa Kedia
New Delhi, India176 contributions
Solo
Given my fetish for canyons I had to visit this place as soon as I heard about it from the tourist information guy. Not many tourists reach here and I understood why. I had to change 2 trains from Nikko to get there at Shimo-imaichi and Shin-Fujihara, taking over 1 hour to get there. The train is behind the shops next to the station. Somehow the trail beyond the second bridge and on the other side of the mountain was closed so I could just hike about 0.9 km between the 2 bridges and return. Thus was disappointed about the small hike but the view of the Canyon from the bridges was spectacular and the color of water was so clear emerald green. I also saw several people painting the Canyon and was so tempted to do so myself.
Written November 6, 2015
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Jay P
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Family
We caught the train to Ryuokyo station, where you exit, cross the road and pass between the yakiniku vendors to begin the walk down to the first waterfall, about 5 minutes. The span bridge is currently blocked at one end, probably landslide, so you can't do the whole circuit, but you can still walk along the gorge to the second span bridge and further if desired. The walk to the two span bridges and back is around 90 minutes. The path is well maintained and little peeks of the canyon through the autumn leaves are luminescent and magical. Time your walk to return to the station before 5 p.m. as it gets dark quickly.
Written October 15, 2015
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jk-liu
Taichung, Taiwan1,976 contributions
We took a train to get there and spent around ten minutes from Kinugawa Park station. Because a typhoon will land tomorrow, just a few tourists visited this scenery.

Amazing waterfall and valley were attractive to our sight. We got around everywhere for about ninety minutes.

Though many maple leaves haven’t changed color, I deeply recommend the Ryuokyo Canyon in Kinugawa.
Written October 29, 2019
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manisarav
THAILAND7 contributions
Couples
this place " Ryuokyo" I really recommended for you who really love natural. the place is very beautiful and COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! . First time I visit nikko , we not plan to go to this but i searching the internet and found some review of this.However, first I not expect that will beautiful but when I get there I was really amazing it a great place a lot of natural and the blue river."It really Blue!!!!" Greetttttttt Enjoy. HOPE all of you want to visit nikko could see this
Written December 11, 2015
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HiIslandsGuy
Honolulu, HI152 contributions
Couples
Get off of the train here and hike the loop trail to get great views of the Kinugawa River and a series of waterfalls gracefully dropping into the canyon. The trail is well maintained and well marked. I would rate it to be of medium intensity due to some uphill work, some muddy areas and some areas requiring a modicum of balance.
Written October 25, 2014
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