Scenic Hike for Any Skill Level

Recommended Length: 1 Day

Three kilometers of unique rock and cliff formations line the Ryuo Valley and surround a beginner-friendly hiking trail. Take in bright green leaves in spring and colorful foliage in autumn.

Day 1

Kawaji Yumoto Station

By train

5 minutes by trains bound for Asakusa Station to Ryuokyo Station

Hiking

Ryuo Valley Hiking

The twists and turns of Ryuo Valley evoke an image of a writhing dragon, giving the valley its name of “dragon king.” The valley is filled with huge, odd-shaped rocks carried downstream by the Kinugawa River from a volcanic eruption 22 million years ago, creating a unique landscape. The area is especially beautiful during the lush bloom of spring and changing leaves of autumn, from the end of October to the beginning of November. A seven-kilometer hiking trail allows visitors to immerse themselves in the landscape.

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Hiking

By train

15 minutes from Ryuokyo Station by trains bound for the Asakusa Station to Kinugawa-Onsen Station

Activity

Jaki Tour in Kinugawa Onsen

This course takes you on a tour around Kinugawa Onsen to see seven ceramic figures of jaki, imaginary creatures that are said to remove negative energy and bring good luck. If you collect all the stamps, you’ll be given a small amulet which has the same effect.

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Traditional Culture

On Foot

Short walk

Daytrip Onsen

Kinugawa Onsen

Kinugawa Onsen is actually made up of two hot springs—Taki Onsen on the west bank of the Kinugawa River, and Fujiwara Onsen on the east. It’s known for its relaxing properties and it attracts many travelers each year. Currently Kinugawa Onsen has over 80 hotels and ryokans, ranging from traditional Japanese style to modern Western style.

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HOT SPRING

On Foot

Short walk

Kinugawa-Onsen Station