With crystal-clear waters flowing through lush woodlands, Sandankyo Gorge attracts hikers in the fall with its autumnal leaves and adventurers in the summer who can cool off in the river. There are also stunning waterfalls, caves, and alcoves along the valley floor.
A bus leaves from Hiroshima Bus Center for the gorge, which takes around 1 hour and 20 minutes.
In the warmer months, a very inexpensive boat tour will take you right through the heart of the valley, stopping along the way at coves, caves, and waterfalls. If you want a more hands-on experience, rent canoes and paddle through the calm waters yourself.
This three-tiered set of waterfalls is one of the most dramatic sights in the area.
Kurofuchi Pool is an idyllic retreat of emerald green water that is so pure and clean you can see the smooth stones that line the riverbed. There is a ferry that can take you across the river to a small restaurant, Kurofuchi-So, which sells freshly grilled salmon.
There are well-signposted and accessible walking routes in the area, which normally follow the river and offer incredible views. Whether you like the explosion of pink blossoms that come with the blooming cherry trees in spring, or the bronze and red foliage of autumn, you are sure to enjoy the natural splendor of Sandankyo Gorge.