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Shogawakyo Valley 庄川峡

Shogawa-kyo Valley
Shogawa-kyo Valley

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.

Don't Miss

  • 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 Hokuriku limited express 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.

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