A day trip to enjoy magnificent nature to the full

A day trip to enjoy magnificent nature to the full

Short trek at Sandan-kyo gorge, a place of National Scenic beauty
(from end of April to November)

Sandan-kyo gorge is a representative canyon of Japan which can be reached only 75 minutes from Hiroshima City. Designated as National Scenic Beauty, Sandan-kyo gorge is famous for its beautiful ravine which is said as No.1 in Japan.
There are only 5 ravines designated as National Scenic Beauty in Japan. This is the only ravine designated as National Scenic Beauty in Chugoku, Shikoku, and Kyushu Region. You would understand how precious the place is.
Besides spring fresh green, the gorge is known for the place to view beautiful autumn leaves together with World Heritage site "Miyajima" in Hiroshima Prefecture and attracts flock of visitors every year. There are rapid currents, deep pools, large rock walls, and waterfalls ranging around Sandan-kyo gorge, and the scenery they make with limpid streams and a virgin forest is just marvelous, as beautiful as a piece of art made from rich nature.
You can have a wonderful experience to be remembered just for a day trip, with a short trek, ferryboat ride, and hot spring at Sandan-kyo gorge

Hiroshoma Station

15 minutes' ride on City train No.1, No.2 or No.6 (150 yen), get off at "Kamiyacho Higashi" stop and 3 minutes' walk

Leave Hiroshima Bus Center (8:18 a.m.)

How to ride a bus: Get a bus ticket bound for "Sandan-kyo gorge" (1400 yen for one way) at box office of Hiroshima Bus Center (3rd floor of SOGO Department Store). Get on the bus at No.7 station, and get off at the last stop.
There is only one rapid bus in the morning, so don't miss it!

  • Hiroshima Bus Center
  • Hiroshima Bus Center
Sandan-kyo gorge Bus Stop (9:33 a.m.)
Stroll around the valley (10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)

【recommended course】

Sandan-kyo gorge front gate
 ↓ (5 min. walk)
Shimai waterfall
 ↓(35 min. walk)
 ↓(20 min. walk)
Kurofuchi pool
 ↓(take 60 min.)
take a ferryboat, lunch at Kurofuchi so
 ↓(60 min. walk)
Sandan-kyo gorge entrance

  • Sandan-kyo gorge front gate
  • Shimai waterfall
  • Ishidoi
  • Kurofuchi so
  • Kurofuchi so

Sandan-kyo gorge is a nation's representative ravine with a total length of 13 kilometer located in northwestern part of Hiroshima Prefecture. The area has a mystic atmosphere surrounded by a virgin forest and steep rock walls and waterfalls. Winter season is closed because of deep snow. You can visit there from end of April to November.

If you are going to have a day trek from Hiroshima City, we recommend take a round course from Sandan-kyo front gate to Kurofuchi pool. It has an artistic beauty like a Japanese garden full of Japanese aesthetic. It is a 2.7 kilometer-walk, taking 60 minutes one way to Kurofuchi pool, known for its beautiful emerald-green stream. You can see Shimai waterfall and Ishidoi on the way. You can ride a ferryboat to cross the river at Kurofuchi pool. (It takes 5 minutes. 300 yen for one way, 500 yen for round trip.) There is a restaurant "Kurofuchi so" on the other side of the bank where you can taste famous grilled yamame (landlocked salmon) and rice balls cooked with super soft water of Sandan-kyo gorge as you admire the splendid ravine.
Kurofuchi so and ferryboat: open from end of April to November except for bad weather days. *during rainy season, open only Saturday, Sunday, and national holidays.

On Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays (between April 29th to November 23rd), you can take a bus to "Deai-bashi bridge" and head for "Sarutobi" with clear stream, magnificent "Nidan-no-taki waterfall" and "Sandan-no-taki waterfall".

*For more information
http://www.akioota-navi.jp (Japanese)
*Inquiries -> info@akioota-navi.jp

Take a hot spring and look around souvenir shops (1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.)

After a trek, enjoy a hot spring or shop around nearby souvenir shops.
At Japanese hot springs, you take off all your clothes and after washing your body, take a bath in a large bathtub with others. (male and female separate, no swimwear)
You can take a hot spring bath at Sandan-kyo Hotel near the bus stop.

  • Sandan-kyo hotel
Sandan-kyo Hotel

Address: 1734 Shiwaki, Akiotacho, Yamagata-gun, Hiroshima Prefecture
Open hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Price: 500 yen
*http://www.sandankyo.co.jp/ (Japanese)
*Inquiries -> postmaster@sandankyo.co.jp (Available only in English)

Leave Sandan-kyo gorge bus stop (3:00 p.m.)
Arrive at Hiroshima Bus Center (4:20 p.m.)
Hiroshoma Station


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