Chomonkyo Gorge


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.

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Walking Map

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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Download Walking Path Map PDF

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.

Nearby Sightseeing Spots

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    SL Yamaguchi-go Steam Locomotive

    The JR Yamaguchi railway line runs in front of the Chomonkyo Gorge Roadside Rest Stop, enabling up-close views of the SL Yamaguchi-go Steam Locomotive.

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    Tokusa Hachimangu Shrine

    This shrine is known as the most picturesque spot for viewing weeping cherry tree blossoms in western Japan. When the cherry trees are in full bloom, the pathway to the shrine is transformed into a spectacular tunnel of cherry blossoms.

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    Ganjoju Onsen Hot Spring

    These natural hot springs are enveloped in clear air and rich greenery and are also called “Bijin-no-yu” (“provides soft water with abundant nature’s beauty mineral like sulfur.”).

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    Mt. Tokusagamine

    Rising to an altitude of 989 m, this mountain provides a sweeping 360-degree view from its peak for visitors to enjoy. There is also a camp site and ski resort.

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    The area has various tourism orchards where visitors can enjoy apple, pear, or grape picking. Seasonal fruits are also sold at the Roadside Rest Stop.

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    Funahira-yama Daylily Colony

    The best viewing season is mid-July through early August. Flowers begin opening in the evening and fade the next morning.

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    Ato Wagyu Beef

    This top-quality beef is produced in Ato. Direct sales are available exclusively from the Roadside Rest Stop and can also be enjoyed at the Chomonkyo Restaurant.

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