Canyons in Japan

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Canyons in Japan

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  • 晋 笠
    Fukuoka, Japan31 contributions
    Upstream from this place there is a wonderful pack rafting site. Now Mt.Fukushima in Takachiho town is planning to make package for tourist.
    Written September 15, 2022
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  • YTCHENG
    Hong Kong, China15,491 contributions
    We took the normal JR local train at Arashiyama to Hozukyo Station heading for Kameoka direction along the Sanin Mainline and waited at the passenger platform along the rail to snapshoot boats riding along the Katsura River and Scenic Sagano Train passing the Hozukyo Gorge. It was really nice to view around the gorge during foliage fall period in autumn. In order to save time waiting there, you better check the time table for the Sagano train passing through the gorge.
    Written December 20, 2019
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  • nikkicanyons
    Yuzawa-machi, Japan30 contributions
    If you are in the area it is definitely worth a stop.

    You take a nice walk with some cute shops and can go into the tunnel that runs along the gorge. (600 YEN entrance fee). There are 4 viewing platforms and you really can feel and see the flow of the river. Last weekend it was very strong due to the snow melt.

    They have been nicely decorated the tunnels with mood lighting and the last one with mirrors and pool. You can take off your shoes and go right to the edge. Makes for some great pictures but you may need to wait as this seemed where everyone wanted to be and waited around.

    Definitely worth a visit and you can grab a nice coffee from the shop at the entrance!
    Written April 30, 2019
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  • hrk
    108 contributions
    I visited this place during autumn season a couple times.

    The matching with autumn leaves and bridge is perfect to capture.
    It’s also nice to hike in the beautiful autumn leaves.

    It's not hard to drive here despite the mountain.
    Written July 22, 2020
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  • Ramadurai R
    Cincinnati, OH148 contributions
    My visit to this place was on Day 2 of staying in Yakushima Island. Unbelievable adventure. While the hike itself steep at times, it was worth it!! Steve from YES tours did an awesome job and will highly recommend him
    Written August 12, 2021
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  • hfot2 🌸🍁🌸
    Vermont6,838 contributions
    We took the ropeway up and walked down which like to do in places such as this. We get two different experiences and two different views of everything. There is a separate review of the ropeway experience with its rock formations and colorful trees. There are two trails down, we took the longer western trail because it ended up right at the bus stop below the ropeway station.

    We visited a few days before peak, though the Tourist Information Center told us the gorge was at peak. The colors were good, but by no means great. Some of the best color on the top was behind the toilet block which is worth a visit if only for its interesting design. The viewpoint east of the station also had some of the best color we saw on the summit. The view out to the coast was quite nice but we came for color not distant panoramas.

    The summit was rather disappointing. Its main purpose seemed to be accommodating loads of tourist buses whose passengers wanted to shop, buy souvenirs or plants, and eat. There were a few lookout viewpoints which we searched out. We arrived early in the morning. As the morning progressed the place got more and more crowded.

    The walk down was pretty exciting, with views of contorted and bizarre volcanic rock. There are many places where one could get mind blowing shots but some of the viewpoints looked very dangerous. We stuck to the path for most of the way down. There are signs, Japanese only, with photos of what can be seen in the rock formations if you look in the right direction. It took us a while to figure the signs out. The walk down was perhaps the best part of the visit. It took us an hour and 45 minutes to get to the bottom but we stopped for photography.

    Once you return to the bottom, check the posted bus schedule and get in line. The line formed quickly beginning about a half hour before the bus was scheduled to arrive. There is only so much room on each bus, even with people standing, those at the back of the line had to wait for the next bus. We took turns holding our place in line whilst the other wandered around and took more photos. There were some very nice colorful trees around the edge of the parking lot and a small stream with a bridge.

    Visitor's tips - go early, bring a snack, ropeway up and walk down.
    Written July 21, 2019
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  • silverspire
    Singapore, Singapore341 contributions
    once you pass the toll gate for Nita Pass, the scenery changes and brilliance explodes in front of your eyes!!

    be sure to head there right early in the morning as the sun rises quite early. the light is important if you want to see the good stuff!

    lots and lots of autumn colours, maple trees lining the narrow mountain passes.

    on some sundays only in November, the narrow roads are one way traffic which REALLY helps - drivers may get stressed out otherwise! we witnessed this as we descended from the area and a tour bus was at an impasse with a larger sedan car. the sedan had to reverse until they got to a space that was wide enough to allow the bus to pass through and it was SO close!!

    this is definitely a must see - the villagers are also all out in full force to help usher traffic as this place is quite popular with both local and foreign tourists.

    we thought a couple of hours was enough but ended up spending the whole day there as there was much driving to do to get from one sight to another.
    Written November 22, 2017
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  • Adam G
    London, UK253 contributions
    I came here hoping to hike the gorge in the last weekend of March. Unfortunately even though many of the roads and paths were clear of snow the trails near Sounkyo were still thoroughly buried.

    My own bad planning perhaps, maybe next time - what I could see looked very scenic!
    Written April 2, 2018
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  • Raj D
    27 contributions
    This was my first time witnessing the suspension bridge and the view from the bridge was amazing, “Oni no Shitaburui” is a breathtaking gorge filled with scenic sites and natural views, the autumn foliage looks amazing.
    Written December 6, 2021
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  • Saul_True
    Osaka, Japan482 contributions
    We visited this beautiful park on a Monday afternoon late in November to see the Autumn leaves. From here, you can reach Settsu Gorge, a hot spring and then follow a not-too-challenging trail to a 15-meter waterfall called Shirataki.

    Settsukyo first opened to the public in 1968, and some of the abandoned buildings along the path to the waterfall look like they haven’t been occupied since then. In three hours of wandering around the park, we saw a grand total of two other people (and this is supposed to be peak season!). We came expecting beautiful autumn leaves and we certainly got that, but I wasn’t expecting the post-apocalyptic vibe that I got from the dilapidated buildings and spooky trails. I liked it.

    Finally, there is a lot of wrong information about this place on the Internet. To get there, take a train to JR Takatsuki and then bus number 52 to Tsukawaki stop (double check with the driver). From there, you’re a 5-10 minute walk to the entrance. If you choose to hike to the waterfall, follow the Japanese signs on the ground rather than online maps. Both Google and Yahoo maps are wrong (and have different wrong locations). The Japanese sign you need to look out for is this :白滝 (Shirataki).

    No less than four websites had wrong directions for Settsukyo. I even wondered if there was some kind of secret agenda to keep people away. If you can get in and out and see the waterfall, then it’s worth it. Achievement unlocked!
    Written December 15, 2019
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  • Megumi L
    6 contributions
    Super beautiful canyon with many cascading waterfalls! All ages can go on the hike and it doesn’t matter whether you are an experienced hiker or a beginner! I recommend it for any nature lover!
    Written July 16, 2019
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  • Lily-Cannelle M
    Cambridge, MA3 contributions
    This is a beautiful and easy hiking trail, accessible via an express bus from Hiroshima's bus station. There are different amenities such as a restaurant (good, but nothing exceptional) and restrooms in the middle of the park, and there are various little shops and a hotel with inside spa at the beginning of the trail. A relaxing activity away from the city. Not a must if you're in Hiroshima only for a few days, but worth visiting if you have spare time.
    Written February 12, 2020
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  • Kzero26
    46 contributions
    have seen a couple of gorge n waterfalls.. if you are around the area then pop by. There is a few cafes along the drive nearer to spot
    Written June 7, 2018
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  • LondonTell
    Pembrokeshire, UK1,334 contributions
    The canyon has seen better days as the dam to the west encroachs on the canyon, blocking circular tracks, footpath, it's a mess. One point it looked like the old TV series "The Invaders" as a bus deposited men in uniforms with safety helmets that walked down the road beyond a check point. We're they going to generate or what ?. I don't think it's any joke what they are doing here, I guess that after the reactor issues dams like this were pushed through.

    Our problems started by not being able to park in a car park they were all full, we went round in circles finding nothing. In the end we parked on the side of the road getting the wheels off the road in line with others. Then our problems began at the dam on the south side where was a loop track with bridge has been destroyed. Very unsafe path to get there which we had to reverse back along. Not happy with the possibility of falling down the bank. The north side tracks are in better condition. We called into the road house for refreshments on the way back.

    The visit was not smooth. Paths were dangerous. Parking bad. Lot of hassle so I've rated it as average. Maybe once the dam is complete, they reopen the closed paths and make good the missing bridge which has been cut away it may be good. But essentially I think they have vandalised this canyon and it will never be the same. The autumn colours are very good but it's what I'm not showing :).
    Written November 22, 2017
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