Tenryu-kyo Valley Area天竜峡エリア
An invigorating boat tour down a valley full of sharp cliffs. Enjoy the boat captain's fishing techniques and beautiful views on the boat.
The Tenryu Valley, situated on the southern tip of Ina Basin in Nagano, is a valley created by the erosion of rocks located in the Ina area over the years. You can enjoy its magnificent scenery by going down the valley by boat, while viewing chains of dynamic cliffs on both sides, like the Eboshi-iwa and Ryukakuho.
The Tenryu Funa-kudari is a river rafting tour starting from Benten Port near Ina-Yawata Station on the Iida Line. You can enjoy nature to your heart's content on this rapid stream, going over difficult sections of the river such as those along the Garyu Valley, sometimes getting splashed with water. It takes about 35 min to the final stop, Tokimata Port, which is close to Tokimata Station. The vicinity is famous for azaleas and cherry trees, and its autumn leaves are also beautiful, the sight of which attract many visitors.
An approximately 50-minute-long Tenryu Rhine-kudari boat tour is also available from Tenryu-kyo Port, during which you can enjoy traveling slowly down along the calm stream. During the tour the boat captain throws a net into the stream to catch river fish, and if he succeeds, he then grills the fish right on the boat to serve to the customers. You can also enjoy the beauty of the Tenryu-gawa River from Koya-kyo Bridge near Tenryu Station, as well as from the hanging bridge, Tsutsuji-bashi, about 500 meters further down from Koya-kyo Bridge. A well-maintained walking path helps you to enjoy a pleasant stroll around the area.
From Tokyo :
[Rail] 2h 20 min from Shinjuku (Tokyo) to Okaya Station by JR Chuo Line (limited express), and 2h 50 min from Okaya to Ina-Yawata Station by JR Iida Line. 3h 5 min to Tenryu-kyo Station.
From Osaka :
[Rail] 1h 50 min from Shin-Osaka to Toyohashi Station by JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line, and 2h 15 min from Toyohashi to Tenryu-kyo Station by JR Iida Line. 3h via Tenryu-kyo to Ina-Yawata Station.