I will go to Japan next month (mid-October) to Nagano. Would you be able to advise me the day trip to Matsukawa Ravine. I will stay at Nagano city. I understand that from Nagano, I need to take a train to Suzaka Station. Then take a bus to Yamada Onsen. However from there, how I reach to see Takai bridge and waterfall Kaminari-daki. If I take a taxi, then how to go back to Yamada onsen or Suzaka station. Also does the trail have a place to eat along the way?
Thanks for contacting us with your question about Nagano.
The best way to visit Matsukawa Keikoku is by car, but it is possible to visit by public transportation as well.
Kaminari-daki is about an hour’s walk from Yamada Onsen, or about a 6-minute taxi ride. If you travel there by taxi, you may want to arrange for the taxi to pick you up an hour later. There is a small souvenir stand at the top of the trail to Kaminari-daki, and about halfway down the road between the waterfall and Yamada Onsen is a restaurant that serves soba and other Nagano snacks.
The Takai Bridge is at the base of Yamada Onsen, about an 8-minute walk from the middle of the village. For the best views of the bridge, you’ll want to take the road on the right-hand side and walk about 15 minutes.
There is also a scenic trail in the woods between Yamada Onsen and the Takai Bridge that takes about 30 minutes to complete. It starts on the right-hand side of the Yamada Onsen Yakushido hot spring and ends at the beginning of the Takai Bridge.
I hope that helps answer your question. Let me know if I can help with anything else.
Thank you for the reply.
I have another question: is there a brochure/guide for this area (Yamada Onsen/Matsukawa Keikoku/Kaminari-daki) and where to get this brochure?