Shogawakyo Valley 庄川峡
A relaxing cruise in an idyllic lake setting
Long a favorite of vacationers seeking refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city, the Shogawakyo Valley offers weary travelers a soothing experience with its lush scenery and relaxed pace.
- Colorful lakeside vistas that change with the seasons, from emerald green in spring to vibrant autumn colors
- Hot spring bathing at Shogawa Onsenkyo, where you can wine, dine, and unwind at a local inn
How to Get There
Shogawakyo Valley is accessible by bus from Shin-Takaoka Station.
From Tokyo, take the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Shin-Takaoka Station about two and a half hours away. Then catch a bus to Shogawa Machi, an hour away.
From Osaka, take the JR Limited Express Thunderbird to Kanazawa Station , then transfer to the Hokuriku Shinkansen for a 15-minute trip to Shin-Takaoka and catch a bus to Shogawa Machi.
The perfect getaway
Once used to transport building materials, the valley now serves as a center of leisure. The one hour round trip cruise will take you around the area at a relaxed pace, allowing you savor the seasonal foliage. A bold mix of colors makes the autumn season a wonderful time to visit, but the rich greens of spring are also lovely.
Shogawa Onsenkyo offers a variety of food and drink as well as outdoor rotenburo baths and foot baths. The local specialty, sweetfish, pairs amazingly with a cold beer or a bottle of sake. Enjoy a break from the frantic cities and spend some time truly relaxing in nature.