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Along the Kurobe Gorge

Spending a night in one of Japan’s most scenic gorges

Shot on our longest trip since starting our YouTube channel, the New Golden Route three part episode saw us travelling during seven days from Tokyo to Kyoto along the Sea of Japan coast in the hot summer month of July. Along the way we made a stop at the Kurobe Gorge, a beautiful forested ravine in the mountains of the Northern Japan Alps.

A visit to the Kurobe Gorge will have you board the Kurobe Gorge Railway, a sightseeing train built originally for the construction of the Kurobe Dam. The train ride through the various tunnels and the many scenic vistas was definitely a trip to remember, and a personal highlight of 2018.

After a 25 minute train ride from Unazuki Station, we made a stop at Kuronagi Station, where a half hour walk through pristine nature took us to our stop for the night: Kuronagi Onsen. This remote ryokan offers an outstanding bathing experience due to its location right next to the Kurobe River.

The next day we hopped back on the Kurobe Gorge Railway and headed all the way to Keyakidaira, the terminal station. Breathtaking vistas of the area with the red Okukane Bridge were a sight I would personally never forget. After a bit of exploration and a rewarding foot bath next to the Kurobe River, we had to head back to the train and off to the next stop on our adventure.

For more information on our 7 day trip from Tokyo to Kyoto along the Sea of Japan Coast, you can watch each part here:

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