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Suwakyo (Suwa Gorge)

One of the best leisure spots in Minakami where you can enjoy activities that take advantage of the beautiful nature

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Gorge

Suwakyo is a gorge created by the limpid flow of the Tone River. It is a great place to hike along the trail by the river while enjoying nature. The gorgeous scenery of colorful leaves appearing on both banks of the river in the autumn season is exceptionally breathtaking. Railroad tracks run right above the boardwalk, and you might be able to see a steam locomotive if you are lucky.

Suwakyo is famous for its scenery and as an outdoor leisure spot where you can enjoy various outdoor activities. At the "Suwakyo-ohashi" bridge, the symbol of the area, you can experience bridge bungee (diving from the bridge), a rare type of bungee jumping in Japan. You will jump from a height of 42 meters. You can either try yourself or cheer for someone else. With the magnificent Tanigawa-dake in the background, you can take amazing photos or videos of the person who is bungee jumping.
Ryugase, with its 200-meter rapids, is also a popular rafting spot. The thrilling river ride through the ever-changing beauty of the canyon is worth experiencing.

Head to Suwa Gorge now for a double dose of excitement with spectacular scenery and outdoor leisure activities!

Highlights

  • Suwa Gorge has a well-maintained trail and is an ideal place for hiking to enjoy fresh greenery or autumn leaves.
  • You can experience bungee jumping from the bridge, a rare type of bungee jumping in Japan.
  • There are various rafting tours (half-day course, full-day course, etc.) where you can have a spectacular river rafting experience.
  • You may see a steam locomotive or people enjoying outdoor activities, making sightseeing more exciting as you stroll around.
  • Early November is the best time to see autumn leaves.

Photos

  • A breathtaking scenery appears on both banks of the river in the fall

    A breathtaking scenery appears on both banks of the river in the fall

  • A view of Suwakyo-ohashi Bridge from the trails

    A view of Suwakyo-ohashi Bridge from the trails

  • A steam locomotive running through a picturesque landscape

    A steam locomotive running through a picturesque landscape

  • More than 5,000 people enjoy “Minakami Bungee” every year

    More than 5,000 people enjoy “Minakami Bungee” every year

  • Let’s bungee towards the Tone River, 42 meters below!

    Let’s bungee towards the Tone River, 42 meters below!

Reviews

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  • TAI MING YUEH

    來的時候剛好是楓葉正紅的季節,從吊橋上欣賞整個峽谷美景是最好的位置。

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Details

Name in Japanese
諏訪峡
Postal Code
379-1617
Address
Yubara, Minakamimachi, Tonegun, Gunma
Telephone
0278-62-0401 (Minakami Tourism Association)
Access
(1) About a 20-minute walk from Mizukami Station on the JR Joetsu Line.
(2) About 5 minutes by car from the Mizukami Interchange on the Kanetsu Expressway.
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