Oni no Shitaburi Gorge 鬼の舌震
A dramatic gorge with massive boulders and rushing water
Water rushing down from the imposing mountains have eroded the rocks in Oni no Shitaburi Gorge into wild, unusual shapes. With names like Crying Demon, Cows Neck and Whale Rock, these boulder formations carry the tales of millenia of natural history.
There are many side trails, one of which leads to the Itohara family's 300-year-old residence and gardens
The view from the suspension bridge is particularly breathtaking
Take a break at the nearby restaurant, perfect for post-hiking food
How to Get There
Take the Maki Line bus from Izumo-Minari Station (12 minutes) or Izumo-Yokata Station (30 minutes) to Oni no Shitaburi.
A full day of fun, accessible to all
The two-kilometer main path follows a boardwalk the whole way. The dramatic walkway clings to sheer cliffs and hugs the water's edge below, where the roar of rushing water fills the air. The path is accessible by wheelchair or baby stroller, and suitable for any fitness level.
Several other walking trails offer detours across small bridges to other viewpoints.
Long ago, this area was the estate of the Itohara, a powerful samurai family. Halfway down the walkway along the gorge, a side road leads up one kilometer to their 300-year-old residence with historical displays and gardens, an engaging detour.
Take a rest and enjoy the views
Where the valley widens and opens up, walk across a long bridge suspended high above the river, from which you have fantastic views of the mountains of Okuizumo . Waiting for you on the other side of the bridge is a small cafe and restaurant serving local soba noodles, wild boar croquettes, ice cream and other snacks and drinks.