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Valley Spots in Hiroshima Area

  • Taishakukyo Gorge
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    Hiroshima prefecture Shobara-shi Dongcheng-cho/Kamishi Takahara-cho
    A gorge 18 kilometers long straddling the towns of Tojo and Jinsekikogen in Shobara City Hiroshima Prefecture. The gorge is one of the major scenic features making up Hiba-Dogo-Taishaku Quasi-National Park. It is also a nationally designated Place of Scenic Beauty. The beautiful gorge follows the flow of the Taishaku River. Some of its many highlights include limestone caves created through erosion, a giant natural stone bridge, and various curiously shaped rocks and boulders. The manmade Lake Shinryu is surrounded by the beauty of fresh verdure in spring and gorgeous fall foliage in autumn, and you can also enjoy the scenery from on the lake via a pleasure cruise.
  • Sandan-kyo Valley
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    Hiroshima ken Yamagata gun Aki Ota-cho
    The Sandan-kyo Valley is a long ravine in Akiota Town, Yamagata County, Hiroshima Prefecture, which cuts along the Shibaki River. It has been designated as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty. Visitors will be able to enjoy the magnificent scenery with some places resembling Japanese gardens or landscape paintings with the trees and waterfalls coloring the gorge and the emerald green of the water creating a spectacularly beautiful valley picture. Especially worth seeing are the so called five big sights comprising the Kuro-fuchi Pool, the Sarutobi, the Nidan-no taki and Sandan-no-taki (Two Step and Three Step Falls), and the Mitsutaki Falls. Sandan-kyo Valley is a place visited by many tourists especially during the autumn when the leaves are changing color. Visitors can enjoy walking along the promenade, taking a riverboat or even have a go at some kayaking.
  • Niko Gorge
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    Hiroshima Pref. Kureshi Nikoukyouchou
    This gorge along the Niko River in Soyamada Village, Kure City was formed through erosion by the 30-meter-tall Niko Falls (also known as the Odaki Falls). A park has been developed along the gorge, which is endowed with beautiful scenery created by natural sights such as the 37-meter-tall Medaki Falls, tall cliffs, and forests of broadleaf evergreen trees.
  • Kurobuchi
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    Hiroshima Yamagata-gun Akiotacho Yokogo
    Place of Scenic Beauty-designated Sandankyo Gorge has been awarded three stars, the highest amount possible, by France’s authoritative Blue Guide travel guide. This pool in the gorge is counted among the gorge’s five most beautiful areas, alongside Sarutobi, Nidan Falls, Sandan Waterfall, and Mitsutaki Falls. Boasting some of the best scenery in the gorge, the pool’s name literally translates to “Black Pool” and is derived from the black appearance of the water at its deepest depths. Enclosed by 100-meter-high cliffs on either side, ferry boats can take visitors across the water and give you the chance to look up at the towering, majestic walls from the surface of the river.
  • Sarutobi
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    Hiroshima Yamagata-gun Akiotacho Yokogo
    This scenic destination is located in the almost exact center of Sandankyo Gorge, a beautiful gorge filled with clear water and lush greenery. Visitors to the gorge can enjoy some of the most spectacular gorge scenery in western Japan, but this popular area in particular is counted among the gorge’s five most stunning. A stretch of river enclosed by cliffs over 20 meters tall on either side, ferry boats travel back and forth across it. The area’s name literally means “Monkey Jump” and is derived from the groups of monkeys which once jumped the cliffs. Notably, instead of a ferry using oars like other similar areas in the gorge, visitors can also cross the river here via a rope bridge. Nidan Falls, located close by, is isolated and can only be reached by riding a ferry here.
  • Rakan Valley
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    Hiroshima Hatsukaichi-shi Kurisu
  • Bankokei
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    Hiroshima Hatsukaichi-shi Mushitokoroyama
  • Ishigaya Valley
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    Hiroshima Hiroshima-shi Saeki-ku Yukicho
  • Sakanagiri Valley
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    Hiroshima Pref. Jinsekigunjinsekikougenchou Arugi
  • O Kitani
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    Hiroshima Shobara-shi Takanocho Minami
  • Kawai Tani
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    Hiroshima Fukuyama-shi Shinichicho
  • Kawasakyo
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    Hiroshima Fuchu-shi Morokecho
  • Dondombushi
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    Hiroshima Pref. Higashihiroshimashi Toyosakachouyoshiwara
  • Nakatsu Tani Valley
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    Hiroshima Hatsukaichi-shi Yoshiwa Nakatsu Tani
  • Nabarakyo
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    Hiroshima Hiroshima-shi Asakita Kabecho Nabara
  • Nikyukyo
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    Hiroshima Kure-shi Hiromachi
  • Mikumarikyo
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    Hiroshima Aki-gun Fuchucho
  • Miyama Valley
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    Hiroshima Yamagata-gun Akiotacho Kake
  • Momijidani
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    Hiroshima Hatsukaichi-shi Miyajimacho
  • Ryu Gashira Valley
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    Hiroshima Yamagata-gun Akiotacho Nakatsutsuga

Hiroshima Areas

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There is more than meets the eye awaiting any Hiroshima-bound traveler. Kicking off in Hiroshima city, the Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima Castle, and Shukkeien Garden offer a couple of days of exploring; however, the real beauty lies along the southern coast of the prefecture. There, a series of islands spreads across the Seto Inland Sea: from the mysterious sea-submerged Great Torii Gate at Miyajima Island to the first half of the islands that connect Honshu to Shikoku via six spectacular suspension bridges.

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