Doro-kyo Gorge, Wakayama Prefecture
Facts & Figures
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 area is known for its scenic beauty with unusual rock formations, high cliffs (40-50m), caves, clear emerald waters and untouched nature. Discover different parts of the gorge by water-jet sightseeing boats, traditional Japanese style boats or a hovercraft or take a thrilling wild water rafting tour.
Doro Gorge (Doro-kyo) Valley was formed by erosion on the sandstones and slates. 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.
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
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 - is the most scenic part 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 Pefecture) to Tado (Totsukawa Village, Nara Prefecture)
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