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Lily-Cannelle M
Cambridge, MA3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
This is a beautiful and easy hiking trail, accessible via an express bus from Hiroshima's bus station. There are different amenities such as a restaurant (good, but nothing exceptional) and restrooms in the middle of the park, and there are various little shops and a hotel with inside spa at the beginning of the trail. A relaxing activity away from the city. Not a must if you're in Hiroshima only for a few days, but worth visiting if you have spare time.
Written 12 February 2020
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dublaze
Oakland, Ca.11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
This is a fabulous hike, and easy to pull off. I would advise taking the 8:18 am bus from the Hiroshima BC (Bus Center) as no transfers are needed, and it's the fastest option. Likewise, return on the 3 pm direct bus. The Hiroshima BC is NOT the same as Hiroshima Station; it's quite a ways away, actually, but easy to find. You can buy a ticket at the machine or from a person at the window in the morning; for return, pay cash (¥1,440 or thereabouts) or use your IC card (Suica, Nimoca, Pasmo, etc). The hike is fairly self-explanatory and all trails are marked; you cannot get lost. It's all paved, but some might find it steep and challenging in many places. Going to the main three-tiered waterfall is about 75-80% uphill. (Note: there is a good waterfall a mere 5-10 minutes into the hike from the bus stop, and a few more shortly thereafter, so you can "get your money's worth" without having to do the longer trek). Be aware, if you go on a weekday not during high season or Golden Week, the shuttle bus - which could help you get back in time for the 3 pm bus - might not be operating (I'm not sure) and/or the little boat that goes through the tight gorge to the "second" main waterfall will not be in operation (of this I am sure of, sadly). Without this boat, you will NOT be able to see that two-tiered waterfall, so no need to even hike that spur. Try to get back to the village/bus stop area early, as the "main" hotel there has a public onsen. It's small but it's newly remodeled and clean and GORGEOUS, overlooking the river. It's ¥650 and it's downstairs from the lobby at the far end of the hall. The nice lady at the front desk (no English) will take care of you. Ring the desk bell as needed. She has tiny towels, but you'd be better off if you had your own. This is a stellar onsen experience after a long, tiring hike. ENJOY!!
Written 4 May 2019
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BoxcarSmith
Sydney, Australia55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
This is a terrific hiking area an easy 1.5 hr bus ride out of Hiroshima and provides a great relief from the bustle (and horrors) of Hiroshima's history. The reviews by others are accurate. Here is how to get there easily and cheaply...

The Tourist information centres have a handy map entitled "The Next 10 Spots" as well as a very useful hiking map of the gorge. These have all the information you need to get there and hike.

"Sandankyo" bus leaves about hourly in the morning from the Hiroshima bus terminal next to the Sogo Department store. You get a ticket (1,440 yen express; 1,200 yen slow bus) at the station. We caught the 8:18 express and had plenty of time to cover the gorge catching the 4:30 slow bus that got in at 6:30pm.

You are let off at some shops right at the entrance to the Gorge.. Just walk down the main street (there is only one). The road ends at a pedestrian bridge that takes you through the gorge.

It is a paved single track, but the Gorge is literally "gorgeous" and well worth the walk up and back. You can turn around whenever you wish and return. After the first 3 km's there is an optional ferry (250 yen) to a lunchroom. If you wish you can stay on the track. It meets up with the bridge right next to the lunchroom. The diversion to the lunchroom is recommended as it has free water and tea and about the only chance you will have of seeing the local Giant Salamander (one of the world's most aesthetically challenged creations). They have a few in a tank.

Continuing on we went a further 4.5 km's to Sandan Falls then took the 1.5 km track to the second ferry just below the Nidandaki Falls. It is necessary to take a ferry (500 yen) to see the falls as it is apparently in a very narrow gorge Unfortunately we waited 20 minutes, but the ferry never showed up that day, but the walk was very nice none-the-less.

We then returned the 7.5 kms to the entry and returned to Hiroshima by bus. You pay for the return bus when you get off in Hiroshima. I think you are suppose to get a ticket when you get on the bus which tells where you got on. We didn't, but the driver was very nice and put our cash through the machine. You will see a display above the driver that tells you how much is owed depending on which stop you access the bus. It is rtesally clear once you are on the bus.

Finallh, we would rank it amongst the top three gorge strolls we have been on (and that has been quite a few. It would undoubtedly be stunning in the fall colours.....Enjoy
Written 29 May 2015
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D P
5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
The gorge is beautiful indeed, unfortunately most of the pathway is not accessible at the moment and the shuttle bus was not working either. The information was not online. We learn that the shuttle bus wasn't working when we arrived at Sandan-kyō. A clearer information at Hiroshima bus center would have been helpful.
Written 4 May 2023
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Anna B
Adelaide, Australia16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Absolutely beautiful. Nice hike with plenty if ups and downs to reach the small boat across the river. Passed the occasional person on the path but mostly had it to ourselves. The tea house charcoal chicken was AMAZING and just what we needed after a long walk. Breathtaking scenery at each turn.
It's a bit of a strange location to get to but worth it (stay overnight to make it easier.) get the express bus (goes at 8:15 am from hiroshima bus station) to cut down travel time as we got delayed in a traffic jam when we left later in the day and then went a very long and windy way compared to the express way we came back. Made it a longer than needed day. Still very worth it. Just beautiful.
Written 16 August 2014
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doublescore27
Singapore, Singapore144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Family
We had the good fortune of being driven to Sandankyo by friends. Otherwise, there are public buses from the Hiroshima Bus Center.

From the front gate of Sandankyo, it was a 2.7 km leisurely walk to the Kurofuchi pool with lots of good scenery along the way. A boat ride (500 Yen per adult) took us across the pool to a small restaurant, Kurobuchiso.

I was expecting a tourist trap at Kurobuchiso, i.e. expensive, poor tasting food. Instead, it is a hidden gem.

For 1000 Yen, you can get a set lunch with a grilled yamame (aka cherry salmon) as the main course. It is a simple but delicious and traditional Japanese meal.
Written 28 September 2018
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Thebates22
Chester, UK2,023 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
We allocated a whole day from our 21 day trip (8:18 am depart Hiroshima / arrive back in Hiroshima 4:20 pm) to visiting the Sandankyo gorge, but over all it was a huge let down.

Now I'm not saying that this place isn't beautiful because it's 5/5 stunning and we had great weather the day we went in early June. But unfortunately there has been a land slide (see image) rendering the path from just beyond the Kurobuchi ferry boat to just before the Jasugi bridge unusable.

We didn't know this prior to going, and this results in only about 2.5 of path being operable, none of the river ferries are running, the half way restaurant doesn't look like it's been open since before the winter, this is despite all ventures advertising that the operate and are open from April to November.

Due to all the closures we had finished our all day planned walk/ferry ride/lunch/ Onsen by 12:50 (missed the 12:45 slow bus back to Hiroshima) and had to wait for 2 hours sat by the bus shelter until we got the last bus of the day back at 3pm. All restaurants / souvenir shops / visitor centre / Onsen were closed for business.

The sign explaining the land slide states that there is no plans to fix the path and no date for reopening has been set. Do yourself a favour, go and do something else for the day, & don't waste your time coming here
Written 8 June 2017
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Dgoh359
Singapore, Singapore174 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
We went for a hike to see the waterfall and the beautiful scenery. We thought it would be an easy one but turns out not so. The walk has slopes and narrow paths, but the scenery is breathtaking.
Written 6 August 2019
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ckm818
Hong Kong, China294 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
Our family of three opted for self-drive holiday by renting a car. With the freedom of the open road we can have easy access to Sandan-kyō, located 60km north-west of Hiroshima. A world of natural beauty far removed from the reminder of the atomic bomb destruction. This is a breath-taking valley that you can go by bus (but limited choice) or by car.
In short, Sandan-kyō is an 11km gorge formed of rhyolite and granite, spanning from Shiwagi to Hijiriko and Yokogoguchi.
If you want a summary of this location: That's a scenic trail where you won't have chance to cap the camera lens.
Written 25 April 2019
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DW H
San Francisco, CA8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2014 • Couples
Magnificent, relatively easy hike, gorgeous, few people, paved path. Waterfalls, boulders, huge trees, wonderful place!
Written 12 September 2014
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