Eroded over time by the waters that rush down from the mountain range behind into strange and peculiar shapes, many of the groups of rocks at Oni no Shitaburi have descriptive names like Crying Demon, Cows Neck and Whale Rock, which stimulate your imagination.
Take the Maki Line bus, a 12-minute ride from Izumo-Minari Station or 30 minutes from Izumo-Yokata Station. Get off at Ononoshitaburui.
There are many side trails, one of which leads to the Itohara family's 300-year-old residence with historic displays and gardens
The view from the suspension bridge is spectacular
Take a breat at the nearby restaurant, perfect for post-hiking food
The two-kilometer walk is along a boardwalk the whole way, sometimes clinging to sheer cliffs high above the rushing waters down below, or down at the water's edge where the roar of rushing water fills the air. It is accessible by wheelchair or baby stroller, and suitable for anyone no matter what your fitness level.
Several other walking trails offer detours across small bridges and to other viewpoints.
In pre-modern times 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.
Where the valley widens and opens up, walk across a long bridge suspended high above the river, from where 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.