Enjoy hiking while admiring the beautiful contrasting view made by the valley and strangely shaped rocks
Chiiwa Gorge is a valley about 3 kilometers long that stretches along Chiiwa River in Shinshiro City, Aichi. There are large and small caves. In the largest cave, the lime contained in the tuff ceiling has dissolved to form stalactites that resemble the human mammary, hence the name "Chiiwa" (mammary rock). There is a network of walkways in the cave, and you can enjoy the stunning sight of many kannon statues standing in line, and views created by the contrast of the valley and strangely shaped rocks, such as a natural stone gate near the mountain top called Tsutenmon Gate. "Chiiwa and Chiiwa Gorge" is nationally designated as a place of scenic beauty and a natural monument.
The impressive scenery that changes with the seasons stretches away outside the caves at Chiiwa Gorge.
Upper left: Stroll around the place and let the clear spring water sooth your body and soul. Upper right: There are many spots that command a view of the beautiful gorge. Bottom: The children's guardian kannon statues in Chiiwa Cave are said to have been built in the mid-Edo period.
|Address||Kawai, Shinshiro City, Aichi|
|Phone||Shinshiro City Tourism Association
+81-536-29-0829 (Japanese only)
|Access||Take the JR Iida Line from "Toyohashi Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 100 minutes, alight at "Mikawa-kawai Station", and walk for approx. 40 minutes.|
|URL||Okumikawa Tourism Navi (Okumikawa Tourism Association)
updated on Sep 30, 2019
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