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Trek Through Rivers! 5 Amazing Adventures In Yuki, Hiroshima

Trek Through Rivers! 5 Amazing Adventures In Yuki, Hiroshima

Translated by Shinji Takaramura

Written by Mizzochi

Hiroshima 2020.09.09 Bookmark

Hiroshima is famous for sites like the Peace Memorial Museum and Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima. For a side trip close to nature, travel an hour from Hiroshima Station to Yuki. This town is filled with outdoor fun like canyoning, hot springs, and local delicacies such as ayu sweetfish and konnyaku.

Yuki: A Nature Haven Accessible from Hiroshima Station


Tada district in Yuki is where most of the sightseeing spots are located.

Yuki, or Yuki-cho, is a beautiful mountain village located about an hour away by car from JR Hiroshima Station. A former favorite hot spring district of the daimyo (feudal lord) of Hiroshima, it is now a popular destination among locals.

Yuki

The Minochi River stuns all with its beauty. Since there are no dams or embankments created upstream, the stunning scenery has not changed from the past. The river is famous for its pristine waters and visitors can enjoy outdoor activities and local delicacies, like ayu (sweetfish).

Top 5 Activities in Yuki

The following are five exciting activities to enjoy in Yuki-cho.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all of the featured activities are currently limited to one group per session. Please make an inquiry at the time of reservation.

1. Upstream River Trekking

River Trekking

Shower climbing is a type of canyoning, or river trekking, where participants travel a river heading upstream. The season typically starts in late April and ends in mid-October. The water is especially cool in the summer, which makes this outdoor sport even more pleasant.

River Trekking

There are two courses: a two-hour introductory course and an intermediate course that covers a wider area. Tours with English guidance are also available.

In the beginner's course, you will learn to grow accustomed to the slow current. From there, you'll gradually make your way through a fast flowing area.

River Trekking

Along the route, participants will slide down the riverbed, scale a waterfall, and dive into the river from the shore. There are no shortages of thrilling moments.

River Trekking

Participants may be surprised to see friends and families enjoying this adrenaline-packed adventure. River trekking is an experience that will have you feeling like you've strengthened your bonds with your travel companions.

Additionally, all participants wear a wetsuit, life jacket, and helmet during the activity to ensure safety. During some parts of the tour, you may be invited to dive into rivers, but this is optional.

Reservations can be made on the official site of Yuki Tourism and Community Development Corporation.

2. Konnyaku Workshop

Konnyaku Jelly Workshop

The plant that produces the jelly-like konnyaku.
Since konnyaku (konjac) is gluten free and low in calories, it has gained popularity as a health food in the West. It is the base ingredient in shirataki noodles and other low-calorie substitutes seen in supermarkets.

The plant that produces konnyaku is typically grown in the mountains, and Yuki-cho has a long history in its cultivation and production.

Konnyaku Jelly Workshop

Visitors can participate in a konnyaku-making workshop at the Yuki Experience Center (Japanese). The instructors are locals, so participants will gain a lot of insider knowledge.

Konnyaku Jelly Workshop

The konnyaku-making workshop has another unique aspect to it: Yuki-cho is known as the habitat of the great salamander, which is the largest amphibian in the world. Moreover, salamanders and konnyaku share the same brown hue.

Some high schoolers in Yuki recognized this fact and produced salamander-shaped konnyaku. This innovative product received 180,000 likes on Twitter for its simultaneously ugly and cute appearance.

Participants can also make this one-of-a-kind konnyaku at the workshop. Make your reservation on the official site of the Yuki Experience Center.

Hiroshima Yuki Experience Center

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3. Local Cuisine in Yuki

Boasting a rich natural environment, Yuki offers a wide variety of specialty regional dishes.

Local Restaurant Momiji

One local food is ayu (sweetfish). This freshwater fish is popular for its elegant aroma and delicate taste, and is known as the "queen of the crystal clear river."

The fish caught at the Minochi River has repeatedly received awards in Japan-wide ayu-tasting contests.

Although ayu is served at many restaurants in the village, MATCHA's recommendation is Momiji, a Japanese restaurant located in a quaint old house. The cozy setting is perfect for tasting the salt-grilled ayu.

Japanese Restaurant Momiji

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Kubo Agrifarm

When in Yuki-cho, do not forget to visit Kubo Agrifarm. In addition to enjoying gelato and ice cream, visitors can have fun feeding the cows. This is a popular spot for couples and families with small children.

The farm is also famous for its milk, which starts with feeding the cattle with specially grown grass and using low-temperature pasteurization. The brand is called Sagotani Milk and is distributed in the Hiroshima area.

Kubo Agrifarm

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Konnyaku Jelly

Be sure to try the konnyaku dishes as well. Located next to the Yuki Experience Center, Yuki no An serves skewered konnyaku (konnyaku sanzoku-yaki) and konnyaku ramen.

Yuki no An

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Konnyaku Jelly

Konnyaku can be purchased at Yuki Tokusanhin Ichibakan, a specialty product market near the Yuki Experience Center. Look for the komochi konnyaku, which is konnyaku filled with eggs of shishamo smelt.

Yuki is also known for its sturgeon aquafarms, so visitors can savor gourmet delicacies related to this fish.

Yuki Tokusanhin Ichibakan

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4. Stay in a Traditional Japanese Home

Traditional Homes in Yuki-Cho

There are several traditional kominka houses built over a hundred years ago in Yuki-cho. Oku-Yuki Inaka Taiken House offers a chance for visitors to stay in these special homes.

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Guests can roast ayu in an irori sunken hearth and cook rice using a kamado Japanese-style oven. At the end of the day, one can unwind in a goemonburo, a deep, circular Japanese bathtub.

Traditional Homes in Yuki-Cho

The houses tend to be fully booked in the summer, so those planning to visit should make an early reservation.

Oku-Yuki Inaka Taiken House

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5. See Realistic Scarecrows in the Valley

Scarecrows

Visitors walking around the Tada District in Yuki-cho will spot a number of unique scarecrows. There are more than 160 scarecrows in the area.

Scarecrows in the Satoyama Valley

The scarecrow village all started when a resident created scarecrows using his late father's clothes.

The number continued to increase and the area is now called "Real Kakashi no Satoyama," drawing many travelers who come to see this one-of-a-kind attraction.

Scarecrows in the Satoyama Valley

There are scarecrows that resemble celebrities and some that appear like a close knit family. This sight will warm your heart.

Real Kakashi no Satoyama

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The Life-Changing Power of Nature in Yuki-cho

Sato Ryota

Yuki-cho has always been a quiet hot spring town. However, Sato Ryota—the chairperson of the Yuki Tourism and Community Development Corporation—started various activities including river trekking.

Mr. Sato used to work in Fukushima Prefecture when the Great East Japan Earthquake occurred in 2011. Witnessing the aftermath of demolished buildings prompted his interest in finding a self-sufficient way of life, resulting in him relocating to Yuki-cho in 2014.

Another life-changing memory for him was when a young man from Germany visited Yuki-cho for four months in 2016 to experience farming.

The boy, who had dreams of becoming an engineer, changed his mind after spending time in Yuki. At the end of his stay, he started talking about becoming a hunter. He is currently living as a huntsman back in Germany.

This made Mr. Sato realize just how much life-altering power nature has. He added, "I hope that visiting Yuki-cho will have a positive impact on people and help them find their way in life."

Mr. Sato is currently designing a one-day tour of Yuki in which participants can participate in multiple activities. The future is looking bright for Yuki-cho.

Access

Driving is the easiest way to get to Yuki-cho. There are many rental car companies near JR Hiroshima Station, so take a look at this MATCHA article.

Those using public transportation should take the Hiroden Bus headed for "Yuki Lodge-mae" (Japanese) from JR Itsukaichi Station. The ride takes about 70 minutes, and there is one bus per hour.

On weekdays, a free shuttle bus runs between Yuki Lodge, located near the Yuki Experience Center and the north exit of JR Hiroshima Station.

Soak in Hot Springs of Yuki Onsen

There are plenty of places where visitors can enjoy the onsen in Yuki-cho. Yuki Lodge is a popular destination as it offers baths that use hot springs that come directly from the source. You can also stay the night at the lodge.

Masa no Hinoki Yu is a facility with an open-air bath, and both Kajika-sou and Morii Ryokan are inns with a rich history.

Yuki-cho offers a variety of activities, so don't miss out on the chance to visit!

Yuki Onsen Yuki Lodge

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Kajika-sou

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Morii Ryokan

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Masa no Hinoki Yu

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The following is a list of MATCHA articles and services related to Hiroshima travels.

In cooperation with Yuki Tourism and Community Development Corporation

The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.

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