Magnificent scenery including precipitous cliffs, mountain streams, and waterfalls. Ride a horse-drawn carriage to one of the three largest natural bridges in the world.
The Taishaku Valley is a 15-kilometer-long canyon in the Kibi-kogen Highlands in eastern Hiroshima that was carved into the karst tableland by the Taishaku-gawa River. It has magnificent scenery with a wide variety of features, including precipitous cliffs, caves, mountain streams, depths, torrents, and waterfalls.
Among the attractions is Taishakuten Eimyo-ji Temple, an old temple that enshrines the chief deity in Buddhism, Taishakuten, from which the name of the canyon derives. Along a promenade that starts from this temple there are a series of scenic spots, such as the Yosekura-Iwakage Ruin, where many articles from the early to late Jomon Period (Japan's prehistoric period from about 14,000 B.C .to 400 B.C.) were excavated, and Hakuun-do Cave, a 200-meter-long limestone cave.
The highlight of the Taishaku Valley is On-bashi Bridge, a 90-meter-long, 19-meter-wide and 40-meter-high natural limestone bridge. The bridge, regarded as one of the three largest natural bridges in the world, has also been designated as a nation's natural monument. A horse-drawn sightseeing carriage service from the Taishaku Provincial Museum to On-bashi is offered from spring to fall, allowing you to enjoy the natural scenery at your leisure.
Directions: 4h from Tokyo to Hiroshima by JR Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen Line, and 3h 25 min from Hiroshima to Tojo Station by JR Kibi Line OR 2h from Hiroshima Bus Center to Tojo by bus. 20 min from Tojo Station to Taishaku-kyo.
From Tokyo:[Rail]3h 25 min from Tokyo to Okayama Station by Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen Line, and 2h from Okayama to Tojo via Niimi Station by JR Hakubi/Kibi Line (limited express). 20 min from Tojo to Taishaku by bus.
4h from Tokyo to Hiroshima by JR Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen Line, and 3h 25 min from Hiroshima to Tojo Station by JR Kibi Line OR 2h from Hiroshima Bus Center to Tojo by bus. 20 min from Tojo Station to Taishaku-kyo.
From Osaka:[Rail]50 min from Shin-Osaka to Okayama by Shinkansen.