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From a long time ago, Tenryu river is known under a strange name "Angry heavenly dragon." Tenryukyo is a valley made of cliffs surrounding Tenryu river. It is chosen as a national scenic beauty. These cliffs are filled with cherry blossom trees and Japanese red pines whose leaves take on beautiful warm colors in autumn. Therefore, it looks beautiful in every season. This place is famous for boat rides down the river. You can also visit this place on foot. It takes less than one hour to go around once, so it is perfect for jogging or taking a nice walk. Although it is a tourist spot, you can spend a relaxing time here.
- 4874-1 Kawaji, Iida-shi, Nagano
- Contact No.
- 1-min walk from Tenryukyo Station on JR Line
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- 9:00-17:00 (During winter 9:00-16:00)
Open all year round
Tenryu River Boat Ride
Opening Hours: 8:20-15:20
- Official Website
- Time Required
- About 1 hour and a half to 2 hours
- Admission fee
- Free for visiting. Tenryu River Boat Ride costs 2,900 yen for adults and 1,450 yen for children
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If you want to relax, take a boat ride!
If you want to enjoy the secluded areas in a peaceful, relaxed manner, we recommend that you take a pleasant boat ride down Tenryu river. Departing from Tenryukyo, it takes approximately 50 min down the river. The boatman will give you a guide on the boat. You can also see them casting nets. You can get a closer look of the landscape of the valley that changes each season.
Tenryukyo from Tsutsuji Bridge
Tsutsuji Bridge is a famous suspension bridge on Tenryukyo valley. It is also the best part of the promenade. Therefore, you need to take this bridge to complete a circuit in Tenryukyo. It is thrilling to walk on the 40 m long suspension bridge. Once you get used to the height, you will be able to enjoy the wonderful view of Tenryukyo.
Symbol of Tenryukyo: Ryukakuho
Ryukakuho is a 53 m tall gigantic rock. It is said that this huge rock was left behind when a dragon who lived in Tenryu river went to heaven. Therefore, this strange rock is said to be an incarnation of the dragon. It has became a famous symbol of Tenryukyo. You should observe how big it is when you visit here.
Great ride in winter on Kotatsu boat!
From December 1 to the end of February, kotatsu (low table covered with a futon and heated) boat runs down the river every year. You can enjoy observing the winter landscape covered in snow on a boat equipped with kotatsu, that will keep your body warm.
It is a zen temple situated on a hill from where you can see Tenryu river. Inside the property, there is a natural park well maintained by generations of priests. The field filled with rhododendron is amazing. The best season is from the end of April to mid May.