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Forest Therapy in Sandankyo Gorge

8 hours
up to 10 people
Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

Sandankyo Gorge locates about 75 minute drive north-west of Hiroshima. You walk through waterfalls, streams, ravines, cliffs, hanging bridges while you enjoy forest bathing. The verdurous forest in spring is pleasing sensation, and chill fresh splash from the stream is therapeutic in summer. And autumn leaves are absolutely magnificent.


Feel free to personalize this offer with Mitsuyo.

  • Shimaidaki Waterfall (1st waterfall)
  • Kurofuchi Ferryboat
  • Sarutobi Ferryboat
  • Nidandaki Waterfall (2nd waterfall)
  • Sandandaki Waterfall (3rd watterfall)

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What to Expect

You can choose your trail from several courses from half an hour to four hours of walking, all courses are moderate. The longest trail (4 hours round trip) takes you to three waterfalls of the Sandankyo Gorge, on the way, you take a boat to cross a river and several suspension bridges. An hour trail (2 hours round trip) takes you to the first waterfall, then to a boat to cross a crystal clear water to the other side where there is a small restaurant. Japan's natural treasure, shibainu dog will be accompanying you. On the way, let's enjoy casual tea ceremony in mother nature.

Departure & Return

Starting time 08:00 AM
Meeting Point Hiroshima Bus Depot
Ending Point Hiroshima Bus Depot

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee

What‘s not included

transportation fee (you and guide), lunch, ferryboat


Some tour is availalbe on limited dates and requires some lead time. I can guide other cities, such as Matsuyama area, Shimanami Bridge Area, Naoshima Island, Matsue area. In case I need overnight stay one day advance, accomodation fee and relocation fee will be added.

The ferryboat service period is from the end of April to the end of November about both ferryboats, and also the service is stopped in the rainy season and on some bad weather's days.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Reviews ( 7 )
4.5 (7) Reviews
Very Good
Michael Michael United States ( Couple )
4 months ago

“ Historic Place ”

Wondering why we didn't get to have the Tea Ceremony lesson. It wasn't;t because of time we pid for a 10 hour tour and were sent off on train back to Kyoto after only 8 hours.


Thank you very much for your review. Regarding the tour length, it was scheduled from 10:00 ~ 18:00 as we have communicted before the trip. Although starting time and ending time shown in the system are consistent with the plan, I also notice that duration is said to be 10 hours. I have no idea why it happens. If you were expecting to have a 10 hour trip, I am very sorry for the confusion. And also, I am sorry that I couldn't give you a tea lesson. It is very regrettable to have sent you back to Kyoto without satisfaction. If you don't mind, could you let me send you something to your home as a memory of Japan? Is there a anyway to get your mail address? Mitsuyo

Chris Chris United Kingdom ( Friends )
5 months ago

“ Engaging, friendly and knowledgeable local guide. ”

I can thoroughly recommend Mitsuyo as a tour guide. Her English is superb as is her attention to detail. We were never hurried and Mitsuyo was very skilled in providing as much or as little information as we required. She knew all the places to go and never tired or faulted throughout our 4-hour tour. She has a pleasant and engaging personality as well as extremely high levels of professionalism. She showed us around Hiroshima and it was fascinating from beginning to end. She even recommended a fabulous lunch spot to get some amazing noodles. Overall it was a magnificent experience.


Chris, Thank you for the kind review. I also enjoyed the day with you two. It was so fascinating to show Hiroshima to you who can give me interesting point of views. You also educated me so much! Thank you again for the great day. Mitsuyo

Eric Eric United States ( Solo )
6 months ago

“ Hiroshima in Two Days ”

I booked her for two days - one day in Miyajima and the other around the city. Miyajima was a lot of fun, going hiking up Mt Misen and the sightseeing. It was 25, 000 steps you say? That's twice as much than Disneyland! But the view was breathtaking. And Hiroshima, the city. As an American, I wanted to come see the city through the eyes of the Japanese and it's history on the other side. And it's a shame that we couldn't enter in the Peace Memorial Museum because the line was 3 hours long, it was during Golden week so it was to be expected. Instead, she shown testimonials for some survivors moments after the explosion just around the corner from the musuem. Still, I got to see the dome and the exact spot where the atomic bomb exploded. It was, through a historical viewpoint, incredible... read more


Eric, Thank you for coming to Hiroshima. I guess google map did a good job after I left you this afternoon. Anyway, I am very pleased to walk Hiroshima with you and appreciate so much about the fact that you, such a young man has a deep interest in the history of this city during WWII. It is regrettable that you could not visit the museum. But I hope you can catch up with the all the information when you visit Peace Memorial Museum in Nagasaki. Today, 24000 steps, and yesterday 26000 steps. I wish your 50,000 steps have given you a good memory. Enjoy rest of your days in Japan! Thank you again for these two days. Mitsuyo

Anna-Marie Anna-Marie United States ( Family )
Very Good
7 months ago

“ Hiroshima and Miyajima Island Day Tour ”

Mitsuyo was a very easy guide to follow. She had lots of information for us and let explore on our own at times while at the temple or museum. This gave us our space, but she was there anytime we were to asked a question.


Thank you very much for joining my tour. And for such a surprising gift! I enjoyed so much about the various questions I got and it made me enthusiastic to learn more about Japanese martial art :) I hope you could enjoy Sakura flowers before you left Japan.

Blaire Blaire Australia ( Friends )
8 months ago

“ Amazing tour of Hiroshima ”

We had a great day exploring Hiroshima. Mitsuyo was very knowledgable and made the tour very enjoyable. She even organised a cooking class for us to finish off our tour with her which we would highly recommend.


Thank you very much for choosing my tour. I hope you enjoyed your okonomiyaki! It was fun to be with all of your group. Wish you beautiful days for the rest of your stay in Japan.

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