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Kiyotsu Gorge

Kiyotsu Gorge: Breathtaking Scenery at the Nationally Designated Place of Scenic Beauty and Natural Monument

Kiyotsu Gorge stands alongside Kurobe Gorge and Osugidani Valley as one of Japan’s three great canyons. A treasure house of academic resources, the gorge was made part of Joshin’etsu Kogen National Park in September 1949.

The precipitous stone cliffs either side of a river create one of Japan’s best V-shaped gorges. It has also been designated as a National Place of Scenic Beauty and Natural Monument. The surface of the rocks has a majestic columnar joint structure. Their contrast with the clear, rapid flow of the Kiyotsu River creates an excellent dynamism, leaving a lasting impression on visitors.


Name Kiyotsu Gorge
URL http://nakasato-kiyotsu.com (in Japanese)
Address 2126 Koide Mizunoto, Tokamachi-shi, Niigata
Access Approximately 25 minutes from JR Echigo-Yuzawa Station by rapid bus bound for the Morimiyanohara and an approximately 30 minutes’ walk after getting off at Kiyotsukyou-Iriguchi bus stop
Business Hours 9:00-16:00
Inquiries 025-763-4800 (Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel Management Office)
Admission Adults (high school age and above): 600 yen; Children (elementary and junior high school): 300 yen

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