Mitarai Valley

Two rivers meet here to create a deep, natural valley, which was used as a refuge during battles in the 14th Century. Buses bound for Dorogawa Onsen stop close to the valley – alight at the Tenkawa Kawai stop and pick up a walking map at the information centre next to the bus stop. It takes about 40 minutes to walk to Mitarai Valley from there, following the river.
With many hiking trails, dramatic waterfalls and a suspension bridge, Mitarai Valley is one of the most outstanding scenic spots in the area, famous for its autumn foliage which contrasts with the emerald green river. The village of Tenkawa is a good starting point for hiking, with rest areas, shops and ryokan. You can also hike to Dorogawa Onsen in under two hours, or take the bus. Deep in the mountains and with infrequent bus services, you need to stay overnight to explore the area.
https://www.visitnara.jp/venues/A00538/

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