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Sarutobi Gorge

A brisk hike to grand vistas along the Kurobe River

If you’re looking to stretch your legs and enjoy some stunning natural beauty, then a hike along the Kurobe River to Sarutobi Gorge is an absolute must. Located near Keyakidaira Station, this hike offers majestic views of two raging rivers, the Kurobe and the Babadani, as they converge in the Sarutobi Gorge. This viewpoint is truly a sight to behold and is the perfect reward after a long hike through lovely forest paths.

To get to the trailhead, start by heading to Unazuki Station where the railway line begins. From there, take the train all the way to Keyakidaira Station and begin your 20-minute hike to Sarutobi Gorge. If you’re coming from Tokyo, you can catch the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Kurobe Unazuki Onsen and then transfer to the Toyama Chiho Railway to Unazuki Onsen Station. From there, it’s just a short walk to Unazuki Station where you can catch the Kurobe Gorge Railway to Keyakidaira Station. If you’re coming from Kyoto or Osaka, you can take the JR Thunderbird limited express to Kanazawa and then transfer to the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Kurobe Unazuki Onsen Station.

Once you arrive at Sarutobi Gorge, you’ll be greeted with breathtaking views of the two rivers below. The Sarutobi Gorge is designated as a Special Natural Monument of japan, and it’s easy to see why. The sheer power and beauty of the converging rivers is truly awe-inspiring. Take your time to soak in the scenery and appreciate the wonders of nature.

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But the gorge is just one of the many highlights of this hike. As you make your way to Sarutobi Gorge from Keyakidaira Station, be sure to visit Okukane Bridge and the famed Hitokui Iwa, or Man Eating Rock. This massive rock formation looms ominously over a section of the trail and adds an extra touch of adventure to your hike. The combination of natural beauty and thrilling experiences makes this hike a truly memorable one.

When planning your visit, keep in mind that the railway operates from mid-April to the end of November. The autumn season is the most popular time to visit, as the changing leaves create a stunning backdrop for your hike. However, summer is also a great time to visit, as the higher altitudes provide a cool escape from the heat and humidity. Whichever season you choose, you’re sure to be rewarded with breathtaking views and a memorable hiking experience.

In conclusion, a hike along the Kurobe River to Sarutobi Gorge is a must-do for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts alike. The combination of stunning vistas, lovely forest paths, and thrilling experiences makes this hike a truly unforgettable one. So lace up your hiking boots, pack some snacks and water, and get ready for a grand adventure along the Kurobe River.

Address And Maps Location:

Unazuki-machi, Kurobe-shi, Toyama-ken

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