Kiyotsu Gorge
Tokamachi City
Quay of columnar joints and torrent of Kiyotsu river.
Kiyotsu Gorge is one of Japan’s top three canyons along with Kurobe Gorge and Osugidani Valley. The gorge is a treasure house of academic resources and in September 1949 it was made part of the Joshinetsu Kogen National Park.
The stone cliffs surrounding the river on both sides create one of the country’s most beautiful V-shaped gorges, and it has also been designated a National Place of Scenic Beauty and Natural Monument by the Japanese government. The rock surface is a marvelous columnar joint structure, and their contrast with the clear, rapid flow of the Kiyotsu River creates an excellent dynamism, leaving a lasting impression on visitors.

In 2018 the Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel was updated for the 7th Echigo-Tsumari Art Trienniale by a group of Chinese architects known as “Ma Yansong / MAD Architects.” It was reborn as “Tunnel of Light” and reopened as part of the Art Trienniale.
The further you proceed through the cavern-like entrance, you can see nature from a different perspective, such as viewing the rocky surface of the canyon up close, a path for light direction, and an open space where distorted mirrors line the walls. The most scenic spot of this tunnel is at the very back where the panorama station waits. The walls in this area are made of stainless steel and the floor is a clear pool of shallow water that projects a perfect reflection of the gorge on its surface.
Just before the tunnel’s entrance is a building containing a café on the first floor and a free foot spa on the second floor, allowing visitors to feel refreshed.
The suggested season is summer and autumn.
Address Koide, Tokamachi city, Niigata prefecture
Telephone 025-763- 4800
Business Time 8:30~16:30
Price Fee for the Kiyotsu Gorge tunnel Adult: 800JPY Child: 400JPY
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How go get to Kiyotsu Gorge
Take the express bus "Morimiyanohara" from JR Echigo-yuzawa Station to kiyotukyou-iriguchi bus stop about 30 minutes. After arrival,walk about for 30 minutes further.
Closest Bus Stop
2㎞ from Kiyotsukyo iriguchi (TJ44, YS10) Bus Stop
Car Access
From Tokyo25 minutes from Shiozawa-Ishiuchi IC on R353
From Niigata60 minutes from Echigo-Kawaguchi IC on R117
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