FAMILY PAINTING PLACE IN KUROBE GORGE
Kurobe Gorge can be viewed during a two or day trip from Tokyo or Osaka. The gorge is a secluded scenic spot. Tourists will be able to admire the autumn landscapes of Kurobe Gorge, passing through it by train. On the way to it from the train window you can enjoy a beautiful view of autumn leaves. Travelers who bought a tour to Japan in the autumn and decided to visit the Kurobe Gorge, expect a picturesque landscape, as well as relaxing hot springs.
Kurobe Gorge is located in the middle and upper part of the Kurobe River, flowing through the city of Kurobe in Toyama Prefecture. Due to its scale and magnificence, this place is one of the three largest gorges in Japan, and also ranks among the top 100 secluded scenic spots of the Land of the Rising Sun. For travelers who want to spend the autumn in Japan, a tour to this colorful place will be a great opportunity to see the beauty of the local nature.
INCREDIBLE BEAUTY OF JAPANESE AUTUMN FROM THE TRAIN WINDOW
The starting point of the trip to the Kurobe Gorge is the Unazuki-onsen hot spring. This is one of the largest resort areas on the hot springs in Toyama Prefecture, it also includes hotels and souvenir shops. The Kurobe Unazuki Onsen station has been open on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line since March 2015, and now it has become even easier to get there.
The best time of year to admire the autumn leaves in the Kurobe Gorge is from mid-October to mid-November. Therefore, to book an autumn tour in Japan is better for this time. On a hill, the leaves begin to turn red and reach their peak in early November. Tourists will be able to enjoy the view of the autumn nature from the window of a small train that runs through the Kurobe Gorge and leaves from Unazuki Station. Initially, the railway was created to transport the necessary materials during the construction of a hydroelectric power station, but is now available for sightseeing by everyone.
Kurobe Gorge is one of Japan’s coolest V-shaped gorges. On a slow train, stunning views on the way to a deep gorge appear one after another. Open train cars pass very close to the bright red leaves, creating the feeling that you can reach out and touch them. Then, right in front of the travelers, the bottom of the gorge is tens of meters deep. Here you can plunge into the atmosphere of bright red autumn leaves that fill a steep gorge.
The Kurobe Gorge railway is divided into several areas. The highlight of the Unazuki-onsen district, which serves as the starting point of the railway, is the kilometer long Yamabiko route. The bridge is located parallel to the train line, so you can see the train crossing the gorge.
25 minutes after departure from Unazuki station, the train arrives at Kuronagi station. The valley is becoming more and more bent and shows beautiful landscapes that can be seen only in this gorge. Then the train reaches the Kanetsuri area, which is famous for its baths on the river bank. Here you can also see the “eternal snow Kurobe”, not melting all year round.
The Keyakidaira district, located at the farthest end of the gorge, is a place where you can feel that you are in the heart of a huge abyss. If you are lucky, you can see animals such as snow monkeys and Japanese serau. This area with challenging climbing routes is ideal for those who want to enjoy nature. It is recommended to take warm clothes for a trip to the gorge, as it is colder there than on the plains.
THREE BEST PLACES FOR PHOTOGRAPHY OF AUTUMN LANDSCAPES!
Every traveler who decides to buy a tour to Japan in the fall and goes to the Kurobe Gorge wants to take photos of this amazing place. Employees of the Kurobe Gorge Railway recommend the best places for photographing.
The Shin-Yamabiko Bridge is the first attraction that a traveler sees after leaving the Unazuki station. This bridge is 166 meters long – the longest bridge on the line. The recommended place to get great shots is the Yamabiko observation deck, located three minutes walk from Unazuki Station. Mosaic patterns of red, orange, yellow and green leaves make it possible to make stunning photographs. The Kurobe Blue River and the bright red bridge are great accents for autumn leaves.
Hot spring Babadani-onsen
The Babadani-onsen hot spring is a fifty-minute walk along the mountain path from Keyakidaira station, which is the last stop on the Kurobe Gorge train. Here, under the blue sky you can see bright autumn leaves surrounded by swirling vapors of hot springs. Visitors can find accommodation nearby. The rooms are separated, the lights are turned off at certain times. Vacationers can admire the autumn leaves, relaxing in a bath under the open sky, and thereby get an unforgettable experience.