The Nakatsugawa stream originates in the valley and flows into Lake Akimoto. Along the way, there are waterfalls, rapids, great cliffs, and virgin forests for about 10 kilometres, and these give the place an air of mystery.
The valley was carved by the flow of the river, and has a light grey rocky surface. The landscape, with its clear flowing water, is a splendid place.
Both the fresh green of summer and the autumn leaves are spectacular. You can see the whole scene from the top of the bridge, or you can go down from the promenade to the valley. It is definitely recommended that you go down and take a stroll along the river bank.
The autumn season is famous, but in fact, spring is also very beautiful. You can see a melange of colours ranging from wild cherry blossoms blooming on both sides of the valley, fresh white snow, new greens and the pinks of the cherry blossoms. Martens busily come and go under the bridge when it’s time to make nests.
The “Lake Line” is closed in winter, but is a recommended route in the other seasons.
Nakatsugawa Valley Walking Trail
You can walk down the stairs from the entrance beside Nakatsugawa Rest House to the valley. It takes about 15 minutes on foot. Please note that the stairs are rather steep.
By car: Park your car in the parking lot at Nakatsugawa Rest House which is on Bandai Azuma Lake Line.
Click here for more details about Lake Line.
Public transport: There is no bus operating to this location, so please take a taxi.
Akimoto Nakatsugawa Valley Walking Trail
As of 2018, this route is closed to traffic (as there is a danger of cliff collapse).
There is a route leading from Lake Akimoto to Nakatsugawa Valley. The total length is about 1.5 km, and it takes about 30 minutes.
There is an excursion road which can enjoyed in any season from spring to autumn. Since buses do not pass this way, transportation is only by car or guided tour.
By car: Take the road beside Lake Akimoto and park your car in the parking area near the “Closed to Cars” sign.
* Due to the narrowness of the lakeside road on Lake Akimoto, please watch out for oncoming vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles.
Public transport: Because there is no bus stop around the course, we recommend traveling by taxi, or please apply for a guided tour.