Ryuokyo Canyon

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jk-liu
Taichung, Taiwan1,976 contributions
Amazing valley
Oct 2019
We took a train to get there and spent around ten minutes from Kinugawa Park station. Because a typhoon will land tomorrow, just a few tourists visited this scenery.

Amazing waterfall and valley were attractive to our sight. We got around everywhere for about ninety minutes.

Though many maple leaves haven’t changed color, I deeply recommend the Ryuokyo Canyon in Kinugawa.
Written 29 October 2019
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Peter Choy
Hong Kong, China4,205 contributions
Nice hike with beautiful scenery
Jun 2019 • Couples
Checked out from the ryokan we drove to Ryuokyo Canyon 龍王峡. This canyon is formed by eruption of an underwater volcano 22 million years ago, and then over time eroded by the flow of the Kinu River 鬼怒川.

As its name suggests, this place has the appearance of a dragon, running for about 3 km between Kawaji Onsen and Kinugawa Onsen 鬼怒川温泉. Since we don’t have enough time to walk along the whole canyon, we chose the White Dragon Canyon 白龍峡 for a short hike.

After visiting the temple 龍王神社, we went across the bridge 虹見橋, with both sides showing the white rhyolite 流紋岩. There are a number of waterfalls like 虹見の滝, 竪琴の滝. Some special rock formations are really interesting to take note too: かめ穴 and 流紋岩の割れ目.

The hike was not too difficulty but since the weather was rainy in the past few days the trek was slippery, making it a bit challenging. There are sections which we had to step on rocks and had to be careful. But overall it was a nice trail definitely worth exploring.
Written 13 July 2019
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Eugene
Melbourne, Australia704 contributions
One of the best hikes
Nov 2018 • Couples
Ryuokyo is a ravine located between Kinugawa Onsen and Kawaji Onsen. Volcanic rocks that were left behind after a volcanic eruption approximately 22 million years ago was slowly eroded away by the flow of the Kinugawa River. This created the ravine as we know today, which consists of many strange and odd shaped rocks.

As implied by the name Ryuokyo (also known as Dragon King Ravine), the magnificent scenery of the ravine along the riverbanks brings to mind the image of a writhing dragon. The area is particularly beautiful during autumn and is best viewed between the end of October and beginning of November. 
Written 15 December 2018
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Becca
7 contributions
One of our favorite places in Japan
Nov 2018
This is easily one of the most beautiful places I've been in my life, even though we weren't there at the proper season to see the waters that supposedly have purple hues. The hike itself is fairly easy. It's not a smooth, flat path for a lot of it (although still well-taken-care-of, of course), so I was surprised to see that there were some people trekking it in dressier shoes. There is a small strip mall surrounding the entrance to the trails with the most wonderful, genuinely-friendly people we met in all of Japan. The train station there is tiny - just one platform for both inbound and outbound trains and no IC card terminals (at least as of this writing in November 2018). You'll need to buy a paper ticket from whatever station you're traveling from, although if you arrive without one, you can purchase it from the single worker behind the single ticket window at the station.
Written 1 December 2018
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lucbabe
Singapore, Singapore255 contributions
Awesome Hike
Nov 2018 • Couples
We hike from Ryouko Station. Lovely hike with spectacular views. The hike started off with lots of people but as we continued on, much much lesser. We even walked through a tunnel. Amazing Hike.
Written 18 November 2018
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Mish_H50
Japan386 contributions
Dont miss the walks around
Sep 2018 • Friends
the canyon itself is beautiful but the walks around it (there are short versions of about an hour, or longer if you can/want) are what makes it worth it. Dont just stop for a shot- enjoy the walks all around!
Written 30 September 2018
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Richard T
London, UK27 contributions
two-hour trekking around Ryuokyo Canyon
May 2018 • Family
Nikko and Kinugawa Spa may be familiar. Unfortunately, Ryuokyo Canyon is less known, whichi is a pity. The reason seems to be... the less train service farther than Kinugawa Spa Station and less service facilities around the spot. Nevertheless, it is worth the visit especially during early spring and autumn when you enjoy the green/changing colous of the forests with a spectacular scenery of the river and falls. Most people get off at Sin-Fujiwara Sta.(about 4 local restaurants and shops are there.) and do about an one-hour hike, going on one side of the path, going back the other side path across the river, which make a loop with a bridge. Only one small tea house was near the bridge. If you are interested in trekking, spare a few hours. Do not get off at Sin-Fujiwara, but get off at the next stop, Kawaji Onsen(spa) Sta. It takes about two hours to get back to Shin-Fujiwara Sta. The path is a little down on the whole, easier to walk through, and you can enjoy a wilder scenery. Just one reminder:
There are almost no shops available except for high seasons around Kawaji Onsen Sta., so please get the stuff in advance. In two hours, why don't you relax yourself at one of local shops at Sin-Fujiwara with tea, looking over the Canyon. Don't forget to bring a good camera!
Written 15 July 2018
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BeyondBanality
Singapore287 contributions
Do the 2km loop trail to escape the crowds
Nov 2017 • Couples
Not many tourists as train to Ryuokyo station is beyond the coverage of the Tobu discount pass (last station covered by pass is Shin Fujiwara). We rented a car so getting here was not an issue (3km drive from our ryokan).

Entry to the canyon is free and the entrance is conveniently located within walking distance of Ryuokyo train station, where there is also a free (but busy) public carpark. The canyon is best viewed from the first span bridge near the entrance, but you need to go down several flights of stairs to get there (not wheelchair / stroller friendly). There is also a shrine and a short but mighty waterfall at the viewing platform near the first span bridge.

Most visitors only go as far as the first span bridge, but if you want to escape the crowds, simply cross to the other side and hike about 1km (2km return loop) to the second span bridge (Musashi bridge) where you can see a different part of the gorge (higher walls). This is a really pretty hike especially during koyo (fall foliage) season in Oct - we were there in early November and it was still nice even though half of the leaves had already fallen by then.

There are longer walks if you are so inclined but the 2km loop is the only one that lets you walk on both sides of the gorge. Other than the stairs to/from the carpark, the loop trail is mostly flat, although slippery in parts. The paths are clearly marked and you do not need special shoes or equipment (we wore sneakers). Most people should be able to complete the 2km trail in an hour.

Pictures and trip report on my blog (link in profile).
Written 20 December 2017
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Tomakee
Chiba, Japan217 contributions
Beautiful waterfall and canyon
Oct 2017 • Couples
It was amazing waterfall and canyon with color leaves. When i visited here, it was after a big typhoon, so down the river wasn't much clean.

If you drive a car here, i recommend drive to downtown road. It's pretty narrow, but you can enjoy with like a Japanese traditional town.
Written 15 November 2017
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Richardi_23
Palmerston North, New Zealand44 contributions
Brilliant visit during autumn!
Nov 2017 • Family
The canyon is easily accessible by train and the beauty of the place was astonishing with full autumn colours. The river and ravines were also dramatic. This was an easy 2 hour hike to the finsih and back. Great for a day trip from Nikko!
Written 3 November 2017
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