Doro-kyo Gorge

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  • Dorokyo Gorge within Wakayama Prefecture

    Doro-kyo Gorge, Wakayama Prefecture

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The Doro-kyo Gorge describes 31 km long ravines in the Kii mountain range along the Kitayama River, a tributary of the Kumano-gawa River. The gorge is located within the Yoshino-Kumano National Park in the eastern part of the Wakayama Prefecture at the border of the Mie and Nara Prefecture. The most spectacular part is a 1.2 km long section called Doro-Hatcho Gorge. The area is known for its scenic beauty with unusual rock formations, high cliffs (40-50m), caves, megaliths, clear emerald waters, and untouched nature. Discover different parts of the gorge by water-jet sightseeing boats, traditional Japanese-style boats, or hovercraft, or take a thrilling wild water rafting tour. Every season in this area has something special to offer. Come here during the cherry blossom in April or in autumn when the leaves turn red and yellow (koyo). Once you are done with all the exploration enjoy a nice stay at this great Onsen - Iruka Onsen Hotel Seiryuusou - nearby with an amazing view over the Kitayama River.

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Doro Gorge (Doro-kyo) Valley was formed by erosion on the sandstones and slates. In 1923 Doro-kyo Gorge was designated as a - Special Place of Scenic Beauty (Tokubetsu Meisho) - and a - Natural Monument (Shizen Kinenbi). It is part of the Yoshino-Kumano National Park, which was established on the 1st. of February in 1936 and covers an area of 597.93 square km.


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Doro-kyo Gorge is located in the eastern part of the Wakayama Prefecture.

How to get to Doro-kyo Gorge?

  • 3hrs 10min from Nagoya Station to Shingu Station by JR Kansai and Kise Line or
  • 4hrs from Shin-Osaka Station to Shingu Station by JR Hanwa and Kise Line and
  • 25min from JR Shingu Station to Ogawaguchi stop by bus

Sightseeing spots

discover different parts of the gorge - order by upstream to downstream:

Oku-Doro - ready for a rafting experience through the rapids? Jump on board of a rubber boat under the guidance of an instructor or stand on a traditional raft with a raftsman maneuvering only with a single pole.

Shimo-Doro (Lower Doro) or Shimo-Hatcho - one of the most scenic parts of the gorge

Doro-Hatcho - 1.2 km long gorge is one of the most beautiful in Japan and designated as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty and Natural Monument, start your boat tour in Tamaoki-guchi (Kumano-gawa Town, Wakayama Prefecture) to Tado (Totsukawa Village, Nara Prefecture)

Yamabiko Bridge (Echo Bridge) - This suspension bridge connects the Mie and Nara Prefecture and has a length of 83m and a height of 25m. It offers amazing views over the valley. Be aware that the bridge can swing and shake when you set a foot on it :) Once you make it in the middle start making some noise and enjoy the fantastic echo.

Festival & Events nearby (dates can change without notice)


Kiwa Fire Festival (Kiwanohimatsuri) (1st Sunday of August)
Since ancient times, this fire festival has been held in the Kumano River system to pray for the safety of rafters, good health, and a bountiful catch.

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