Chomonkyo Gorge, a designated National Site of Scenic Beauty
There is an approx. 5.1 km long walking path as far as Kawakami in Hagi City where visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll while viewing the magnificent gorge.
The area is famous for its richly colored autumnal leaves, and many people visit during the autumn-foliage-viewing season.
In summer, you can enjoy freshly caught ayu (sweetfish) from the clear water of Abugawa River which is the major attraction sport for the people feel a cool breeze.
The entrance to the walking path is approx. 300 m from Chomonkyo Gorge Roadside Rest Stop.
Going as far as the Ryugu-fuchi on the Hagi City side, the path is approx. 5.1 km long and takes around 100 minutes to walk.
When traveling by car from National Route 9 to the Ryugu-fuchi, turn in the direction of Hagi at the traffic lights near Shinome Station.
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History of Chomonkyo Gorge
In 1912, the gorge was introduced to the world by English-language teacher George Edward Luckman Gauntlett from the UK (Wales) and named “Nagato Yabakei”.
Subsequently, the gorge was renamed by Takashima Hokkai, an artist born in Hagi City, who gave it its current name of “Chomonkyo”.
Chomonkyo Gorge was designated as a National Site of Scenic Beauty in 1923 and was designated as a Yamaguchi Prefectural Natural Park in 1962.