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Doro Gorge

Doro gorgeDoro Gorge ("Doro-kyo" in Japanese) is a gorge formed by Kitayama River which is a tributary of Kumano River.

Kumano River flows by Kumano Hongu Taisha shrine and Kumano Hayatama Taisha shrine, and flows into Pacific Ocean.
The distance from Kumano Hongu Taisha to Kumano Hayatama Taisha is about 30 km, and the junction of Kumano River and Kitayama River is at about 10 km from Kumano Hongu Taisha.

Doro-kyo is located about 20 km upstream from the junction.
The gorge named "Doro-kyo" is about 10 km from there.
Especially the downstream part about 3 km has many high cliffs, huge rocks, strange rocks and caves, so it is designated as a national natural treasure. This part is called "Dorohatcho".

To tour around Doro-kyo, we generally board the high-speed sightseeing boat.
The boarding point is Shiko, and is near the junction of the rivers.
The boat tours both Dorohatcho and the upstream part of Doro-kyo, and it takes about 2 hours.

How to get to here

By route bus

  • From JR Shingu station, about 39 minutes to Shiko stop.
  • From Kumano Hongu Taisha, about 16 minutes to Shiko stop.



High-speed sightseeing boat
Dorohatcho
Huge rocks
A ryokan on a cliff

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