Kiyotsukyo Gorge Tunnel清津峡渓谷トンネル
Kiyotsukyo Gorge is a nationally designated place of Scenic Beauty and Natural Monument on the border of Yuzawa and Tokamachi. Kiyotsukyo is a canyon located on the Kiyotsu River with a total length of 12.5 km. Kiyotsukyo Gorge is one of the three major gorges in Japan. The precipitous stone cliffs on either side of a river create one of Japan’s best V-shaped gorges. It has also been designated as a National Place of Scenic Beauty and Natural Monument. The surface of the rocks has a majestic columnar joint structure. Their contrast with the clear, rapid flow of the Kiyotsu River creates an excellent dynamism, leaving a lasting impression on visitors.
In between the towering cliff lays a beautiful tunnel which was constructed in 1996 and is 750m long. Visitors can enjoy the lovely canyons from three panorama stations which are located in the middle and at the end of this tunnel. At the panorama station at the very end of the tunnel, there is a fantastic art space in which the view of the canyon is reversed with a water mirror spreads. Photos of this spot are popular on Instagram. The natural scenery alone, with clear blue water and panoramic gorgeous views, is enough to make a trip for the travelers. The entrance has a cafe on the first floor and a footbath (free) on the second floor where visitors can soak in and relax.
Located 17km from Yuzawa city, about 25 mins by car.
The road gets curvy after entering a local road from Route 17. The road near the valley is narrow as well. It is advised to drive slowly and cautiously.
Opening hours -
8:30-17:00 (Last entry 16:30)
Visitors can enjoy any season.
The red color season is from mid-Oct- early Nov and is the recommended season.
The depth of the water mirror at the back of the tunnel is about 5 mm at the shallowest point. Therefore, you can go in with ordinary shoes, but if you don't want to get your shoes wet, you can go barefoot. We recommend that you bring a towel.
The tunnel may be closed for maintenance.
Free parking is available.
It is about a 2 min walk from the first parking lot to the entrance of the tunnel, about a 5 min walk from the second parking lot.