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D P
5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
The gorge is beautiful indeed, unfortunately most of the pathway is not accessible at the moment and the shuttle bus was not working either. The information was not online. We learn that the shuttle bus wasn't working when we arrived at Sandan-kyō. A clearer information at Hiroshima bus center would have been helpful.
Written 4 May 2023
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Lily-Cannelle M
Cambridge, MA3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
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 12 February 2020
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Dgoh359
Singapore, Singapore174 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
We went for a hike to see the waterfall and the beautiful scenery. We thought it would be an easy one but turns out not so. The walk has slopes and narrow paths, but the scenery is breathtaking.
Written 6 August 2019
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dublaze
Oakland, Ca.11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
This is a fabulous hike, and easy to pull off. I would advise taking the 8:18 am bus from the Hiroshima BC (Bus Center) as no transfers are needed, and it's the fastest option. Likewise, return on the 3 pm direct bus. The Hiroshima BC is NOT the same as Hiroshima Station; it's quite a ways away, actually, but easy to find. You can buy a ticket at the machine or from a person at the window in the morning; for return, pay cash (¥1,440 or thereabouts) or use your IC card (Suica, Nimoca, Pasmo, etc). The hike is fairly self-explanatory and all trails are marked; you cannot get lost. It's all paved, but some might find it steep and challenging in many places. Going to the main three-tiered waterfall is about 75-80% uphill. (Note: there is a good waterfall a mere 5-10 minutes into the hike from the bus stop, and a few more shortly thereafter, so you can "get your money's worth" without having to do the longer trek). Be aware, if you go on a weekday not during high season or Golden Week, the shuttle bus - which could help you get back in time for the 3 pm bus - might not be operating (I'm not sure) and/or the little boat that goes through the tight gorge to the "second" main waterfall will not be in operation (of this I am sure of, sadly). Without this boat, you will NOT be able to see that two-tiered waterfall, so no need to even hike that spur. Try to get back to the village/bus stop area early, as the "main" hotel there has a public onsen. It's small but it's newly remodeled and clean and GORGEOUS, overlooking the river. It's ¥650 and it's downstairs from the lobby at the far end of the hall. The nice lady at the front desk (no English) will take care of you. Ring the desk bell as needed. She has tiny towels, but you'd be better off if you had your own. This is a stellar onsen experience after a long, tiring hike. ENJOY!!
Written 4 May 2019
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ckm818
Hong Kong, China283 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
Our family of three opted for self-drive holiday by renting a car. With the freedom of the open road we can have easy access to Sandan-kyō, located 60km north-west of Hiroshima. A world of natural beauty far removed from the reminder of the atomic bomb destruction. This is a breath-taking valley that you can go by bus (but limited choice) or by car.
In short, Sandan-kyō is an 11km gorge formed of rhyolite and granite, spanning from Shiwagi to Hijiriko and Yokogoguchi.
If you want a summary of this location: That's a scenic trail where you won't have chance to cap the camera lens.
Written 25 April 2019
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Fr4nk
Den Dolder, The Netherlands1,343 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Friends
Very nice valley to have a walk. The path is totally paved with concrete making it easy to walk, though sometimes quite steep.
Written 2 October 2018
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doublescore27
Singapore, Singapore144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Family
We had the good fortune of being driven to Sandankyo by friends. Otherwise, there are public buses from the Hiroshima Bus Center.

From the front gate of Sandankyo, it was a 2.7 km leisurely walk to the Kurofuchi pool with lots of good scenery along the way. A boat ride (500 Yen per adult) took us across the pool to a small restaurant, Kurobuchiso.

I was expecting a tourist trap at Kurobuchiso, i.e. expensive, poor tasting food. Instead, it is a hidden gem.

For 1000 Yen, you can get a set lunch with a grilled yamame (aka cherry salmon) as the main course. It is a simple but delicious and traditional Japanese meal.
Written 28 September 2018
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imogenhelena
Armidale, Australia11 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
We got the express bus at 8:15 in the morning from Hiroshima and when we arrived the main gate we walked for 10 minutes before finding that the trail was closed. We were not informed of this either online or at the bus station in Hiroshima.

The regular bus from Mizunashi back to Mt Shinnyuzan was also not running, but there was no signage informing people of this - we had to call the local information line using a pay phone. We ended up hitchhiking to the main road and happened to meet some extremely nice locals at Mt Shinnyuzan Gate who called a taxi for us and we were able to make the 3pm express bus back to Sandankyo.

However if you are able to make it to Mizunashi we believe the trail is open past this point (yellow arrow on map in photos. Red crossed signify track closures).

If you were thinking of camping or spending more time out there, the scenery (both gorge and mountain) are beautiful, but the logistics of a one day trip are difficult to juggle and we were not informed of the closure either on line or at the bus station.
Written 15 July 2018
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Cathie K
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Solo
I am so disappointed, I just spent an hour on the bus and hiked 30 minutes before finding out the trail is closed. It is completely blocked off with no alternate route. Two hour, round trip, bus ride and 2880 yen wasted. I googled and googled and couldn't find a trail status anywhere. There are others here as well who also googled it and found nothing. When we bought our tickets at the bus terminal, they didn't say anything. I am not sure how you will find out if the trail is open if you don't speak Japanese. From what I did see the area is beautiful but not worth the cost or time if the trail is closed.
Written 14 July 2018
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JooliC
Singapore, Singapore117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Family
Sandankyo was the highlight of our trip to Hiroshima, and I highly recommend everyone to at least walk the lower gorge up to the noodle house (1.5km one way). The scenery is to die for, and the route is manageable for most.

If you are fitter, keep going up the gorge, and target to catch the shuttle bus that leaves from the mid-level carpark back to Sandankyo at 2pm. Most people should be able to cover the lower gorge, nidandaki and sandandaki before 2pm.

The 2pm shuttle should take you back into town in time for a quick lunch and to catch the 3:00 or 3:30 express bus back to Hiroshima.
Written 27 November 2017
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