Between huge lofty rocks
Touring the gorge by a pleasure boat
Dorohaccho Gorge refers to part of the Yoshino-Kumano National Park, that is, the part that falls under the downstream of "Doro Gorge." It is an about 1.2 km-long gorge that extends from Shingu City, Wakayama to Totsukawa Village, Yoshino-gun, Nara. It is one of the best picturesque gorges in Japan where there are many wildly sheer cliffs and rocks, and is a popular spot that has been designated as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty and Natural Monument. 40-50 m high awesome cliffs, megaliths, strange rocks, and caves that have been made by nature tower on the banks of the gorge, and contrast between bright, mysterious river water and rocks is reputed to have subtle and profound Japanese beauty. Mountain cherries in spring, azaleas and alpine roses reflected on water surface in early summer, and red leaves in fall are beautiful.
As an orthodox way of enjoying the gorge, it is recommended to tour the river by a pleasure boat. There are a course using a large water jet boat for up to 50 passengers from Tamakiguchi or Shiko down the stream and a 30-minute course using a motor boat for up to seven passengers that tours the gorge while closely feeling water with guide by a boatman. A course including fees from Katsuura Station or Shingu Station to a tour of the gorge is also available (it is possible to go to and return from the dock for water jet boats by using a bus or taxi). In addition, the road has been improved in recent years, and Dorokyo Tunnel has also been opened to traffic. Therefore, you can come to the gorge from Totsukawa Village by road.
Address: Kumanogawa-cho, Shingu-shi, Wakayama
Phone: 0735-23-3333 (Commercial, Industrial, and Tourism Department of Shingu City)
Directions: Take a JR or Kumanokotsu bus bound for Kumano Hongu at Singu Station (three and half hours from Nagoya Station/four hours from Shin-Osaka Station) of the Kisei Main Line and ride for 40 minutes, transfer to a Kumanokotsu bus bound for Tamakiguchi at Miyaiohashi and ride for 30 minutes, and get off at the last stop
(Car) 2 hours from Nankitanabe Interchange on the Hanwa Expressway