Ryuo Valley


Over millennia, the Kinugawa River has carved a path through 22-million-year-old deposits of volcanic rock, creating the beautiful Ryuo Valley. The winding route—which seems to mimic the shape of a dragon, hence the name "Dragon King"—runs for seven kilometers between Kinugawa Onsen and Kawaji Onsen. From the hiking route through the valley (3-4 hours, beginner-friendly), you can enjoy the clear waters, dramatic rock formations, dense woods and leaves that are fresh and green in the springtime and crisply red and yellow in autumn.

How to get there:
30-45 minutes by bus or train from Tobu-Nikko Station to Kinugawa-Onsen Station. Join the hiking trail there, or take a train or bus to Ryuokyo Stati

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