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Gorge -Kiyotsukyo-Gorge -Kiyotsukyo-
 
Terraced Rice Fields -Tanada-

Terraced Rice Fields -Tanada- Terraced Rice Fields -Tanada- Terraced Rice Fields -Tanada-

Tanada (rice terraces) are rice fields that line the mountain slopes like steps in a staircase. The tanada found resting high and low in the mountains of the Matsuno-yama and Matsudai areas of Tokamachi City are some of the most impressive in all of Japan. Their appearance transitions with the seasons, producing vibrantly different expressions as the year progresses. In spring and autumn, each field shines like a mirror as it reflects the setting sun – and in the winter, a snowy blanket is cast across the landscape, creating a serene, white winterscape. Tokamachi’s rice terraces attract thousands of photographers and tourists throughout the year; they are truly a sight to be seen!

Terraced Rice Fields -Tanada-
Terraced Rice Fields -Tanada-
Terraced Rice Fields -Tanada-
  • Beech Tree -Bijinbayashi-
  • Beech Tree -Bijinbayashi-
  • Beech Tree -Bijinbayashi-
  • Beech Tree -Bijinbayashi-
 

Beech Tree -Bijinbayashi-

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The tall, slender beech trees of the Bijinbayashi Forest have been growing for about 90 years. They extend across the Matsuguchi hills in the Matsunoyama region of Tokamachi City. The local people gave it the name Bijinbayashi which means “forest of beauties” because the trees stand tall and gracefully like the silhouettes of beautiful women. The forest is a frame for millions of pictures, each unique in their own way. It is also protected as a habitat for numerous species of wild birds, and attracts photographers and visitors from all over Japan.

Beech Tree -Bijinbayashi-

The tall, slender beech trees of the Bijinbayashi Forest have been growing for about 90 years now. They extend across the Matsuguchi hills in the Matsunoyama region of Tokamachi City. The local people gave it the name Bijinbayashi which means “forest of beauties” because the trees stand tall and gracefully like the silhouettes of beautiful women. The forest is a frame for millions of pictures, each unique in their own way. It is also protected as a habitat for numerous species of wild birds, and attracts photographers and visitors from all over Japan.

A Forest Which Presents Different Scenery in Each Season

New leaves budding in the lingering snow signal the coming of spring. In the summer, a cool
breeze blows through the fresh greenery, cooling the air in the forest to 2℃ lower than the
surrounding area. Then, in the autumn, the leaves fall and the ground of the forest becomes a
carpet of red beneath a golden canopy. But it’s not long before these colours fade and Bijin-
bayashi becomes a wintery world of white and silver.

COMMENTARY

Seasonal information

Budding Season Starts around mid-April
Best Time to See Fresh Greenery Late April ~ Early May
Fall Colors Early November ~ Mid-November
 

Echigo-Matusnoyama Museum of Natural
Science Kyororo

You can rent snowshoes from nearby Kyororo
to hike through the forest in the winter.

+81-25-595-8311

Access

Address 1712-2 Matsuguchi, Matsunoyama, Tokamachi City, Niigata Prefecture, JAPAN
Access [Public Transport] Take a train to Matsudai Station (まつだい駅), and then transfer to the bus heading toward Matsunoyama Onsen (松之山温泉). Get off the bus at the Sakaematsu bus stop (栄松). Bijinbayashi is a 20 minute walk from here.
※ Please note that this bus service only runs 7 times a day.

[Car] Exit at either the Shiozawa Ishiuchi Interchange or the Echigo-Kawaguchi Interchange on the Kan-Etsu Expressway. It takes around 60 minutes by car from both of these exits. We recommend using the phone number for Kyororo in your car’s GPS to find the Bijinbayashi Forest (025-595-8311). Please look at the image below for more information.

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Parking There are 30 spaces available. ※ During the winter, please feel free to use the free parking area at Kyororo.
Notice There are public toilets in the Bijinbayashi Forest parking lot.
 
 
  • Gorge -Kiyotsukyo-
  • Gorge -Kiyotsukyo-
  • Gorge -Kiyotsukyo-
  • Gorge -Kiyotsukyo-
 

Gorge -Kiyotsukyo-, one of the biggest three valleys in Japan

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Kiyotsu Gorge is known as one of Japan’s 3 Most Beautiful Gorges; it’s a definite must see when you come to Tokamachi! Its steep, rocky walls cut a V-shape through the mountains, while the river which flows between is so clear that you can see even the smallest rocks that line the riverbed. No matter what time of year, the rugged vertical columnar joints of the rock face combined with the clear blue river offer an unforgettable sight.

TKiyotsu Gorge is known as one of Japan’s 3 Most Beautiful Gorges; it’s a definite must see when you come to Tokamachi! Its steep, rocky walls cut a V-shape through the mountains, while the river which flows between is so clear that you can see even the smallest rocks that line the riverbed. No matter what time of year, the rugged vertical columnar joints of the rock face combined with the clear blue river offer an unforgettable sight.

 

A Beautiful and Natural Showcase of the 4 Seasons

As winter draws to an end, the greenery scattered around the cliffs begin to bud producing an aura of revitalization. In the summer, the Kiyotsu River becomes the perfect place to play and cool down. Soon after, the gorge is overtaken by autumn colors, creating a crisp contrast with the river’s deep blue hue. Finally in the winter, the snow rests atop the rock face,
resulting in a tranquil and wondrous scene.

The Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel

There is a 750m long pedestrian tunnel through the gorge
which allows visitors to safely view the scenery from four
observation points. The tunnel is also lined with information
panels, videos, and exhibitions providing information on the
formation of the gorge and surrounding natural environment.

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  • Valley Tunnel of Kiyotsu
  • Valley Tunnel of Kiyotsu
  • Valley Tunnel of Kiyotsu
  • Valley Tunnel of Kiyotsu
 

Information

Entrance Fee
Adults (16+) ¥600
Children (6-15) ¥300
Children under 5 and

persons with a physical disability
Free
※ A discount of 50 yen/person is available to groups of more than 20 people.
Estimated time
to complete
walkthrough
60 minutes
Hours of Operation 8:30~17:00(Varies depending on season)
 
Winter Closure Period Mid-January to March 31st
Parking
FREE
Dai-ichi parking (parking lot 1) 45 spaces available.
Bus Terminal 7 spaces available.
Dai-ni parking (parking lot 2) 50 spaces available.
Dai-san parking (parking lot 3) 60 spaces available.
Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel

+81-25-763-3168

Access

Car

*If you have GPS, you can search for our location using
the phone number 025-763-4800.*
The Kiyotsu Gorge is located on route 389 which can be
accessed from route 353 . If you are coming from
the Kanto Region, please take the Kan-Etsu Expressway
and exit at the Shiozawa Ishiuchi I.C. Then exit for route
17 before changing to route 353. The Kiyotsu Gorge is
roughly 12 kilometers from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi I.C..

Bus

Take the local bus from Echigo-Yuzawa Station (east exit)
toward Morimiya no Hara Station and get off at the Kiyo-
tsukyo Iriguchi bus stop. From there, it is about a 30
minute walk to the Kiyotsu Gorge.
※Please note this bus service runs only 4 times a day.

Required time Approximately 25 minutes.
Fare Adult ¥470
Children ¥235
Additional fee per item of large baggage ¥100
Bus Timetable Click here
Minami Echigo Kankou Bus Tsunan Office 

+81-25-765-3647
 
Taxi
From Tokamachi Station about ¥7,000
From Echigo-Yuzawa Station about ¥6,000
From Echigo-Tazawa Station about ¥4,000
※These fares are only estimates, actual fares may differ.
Tokamachi Taxi Tadokoro Office 

+81-25-763-2366