A Perfect Day in Autumn at the Naruko Gorge

The gorge is best seen from the Narukokyo Resthouse where you can also view the Ofukazawa bridge as it is perfectly surrounded by the fullness of autumn trees.

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If you’re reading this I want you to answer the following question, when you think of a perfect day in autumn what comes to mind? 

Does your answer include: a) a combination of cool breeze and very light rain that sets a somber mood b) maybe it also includes trees whose leaves seem like they’ve been painted by an artist who is skilled in beautifully combining scarlet red, moss green, sun flower yellow in every stroke of his brush c) or perhaps you’re thinking about long walks & hikes that reinvigorate the mind, the soul and the body?  If your answer to my query is either a, b or c and maybe all of the above, then Naruko Gorge is just the right place for you to create your perfect day in Autumn.

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Naruko Gorge in autumn is what Kyoto is during cherry blossoms season or is what Niseko is during winter time. The gorge (narrow valley in between mountains) is best seen from the Narukokyo Resthouse where you can also view the Ofukazawa bridge as it is perfectly surrounded by the fullness of autumn trees.

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For the complete experience and admiration of the gorge, you may opt to take down the slippery yet very satisfying trail that would take you at the bottom of the valley where you will hear the sound of the gushing river, as it becomes the perfect soundtrack to the majestic panorama.

ACCESS: The nearest station from the Naruko gorge is Naruko Onsen station of the JR Rikuu-to Line. The Naruko Onsen station is about 3 hours and a half away from Tokyo. From there, you can either get a taxi (around 1500yen for 10 minutes) or take a bus from Naruko Onsen station and get off at the Narukokyo Resthouse.

BEST VIEWING: The autumn foliage at the Naruko Gorge is best viewed late October to mid November. We went there October 29, 2017 and the colors were amazing.