Tunnel of Light(Ma Yansong/MAD Architects)

Reopening Announcement

Thank you for your continued support of the Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel. The Tunnel has been temporarily closed since April 18th, 2020 due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but…

We will be open again starting Saturday,
May 23rd, 2020.

However, in continuing with the currently-enacted measures against unnecessary out-of-prefecture travel,

Admission is limited ONLY to current residents of Niigata Prefecture for the time being.

We are incredibly sorry as it pains us to enact these restrictions, but until the current situation settles down more we ask for your understanding and cooperation.

A Request to our Visitors

In accordance with the “new lifestyle,” we have some safety regulations that all visitors must follow for your safety and the safety of others.

  • All visitors must wear a face mask. If you do not wear a face mask, we cannot permit entry.
  • All visitors must have their temperature read and use hand sanitizer prior to entering. (We reserve the right to refuse entry in the event your temperature is more than 37.0 Celsius.)
  • In compliance with avoiding the 3 C’s (Closed spaces, Crowded places, and Close-contact settings), there may be times when we have to limit the amount of visitors.
  • If you are feeling unwell, please refrain from visiting.
  • Staff will regularly be disinfecting different areas within the tunnel.
  • In case of an emergency, we request that you record your contact information with the staff.
  • The foot spa in the rest area near the entrance will remain closed.

The latest information on the operation will be posted on Facebook.


Consisting of magnificent rock walls and a clear, pure stream, Kiyotsu Gorge is one of Japan’s most scenic destinations.

Designated a national park in September 1949,

of the beauty of its impressive porphyritic diorite rock and columnar jointing,

the gorge is considered one of the threemost spectacular in Japan,

Kurobe Gorge and Osugi Canyon.

The gorge’s towering walls, grasping the Kiyotsu River between them, form a V-shaped ravine,

and the sight of the magnificent columnar jointing of the bare rock

and the emerald greenriver create a strong impression on all who visit.

The Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel can be used to appreciate the gorge, [The Gorge can be best viewed from the Kiyotsu Gorge Valley Tunnel, with the artwork known as Tunnel of Light by Ma Yansong / MAD Architects running throughout the structure.]

enabling visitors to take in its majestic beauty from four viewing locations.

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Kiyotsu Gorge

2126-1 Koide, Tokamachi City,
Niigata Prefecture, JAPAN

Kiyotsu Iriguchi bus stop
(a 30-minute walk from the bus stop)

  • A 25-minute ride on the express bus bound for Morimiyanohara
    leaving from JR East Echigo Yuzawa Station

Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel fee


Adults (16+) ¥800

Children (6-15) ¥400

Children under 5 and persons with a physical disability Free

  • ※ A discount of 50 yen/person is available to groups of more than 20 people.

Opening hours:


8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(close hours 5 p.m.)

There are two restrooms that also serve as works of art in the second viewing location. Please also use the public restrooms in the No. 1 Parking Lot.

Kiyotsukyo Entrance


Opening hours:
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Souvenir sales and cafe

Footbath (free) and restrooms (Women’s restroom 1 and multipurpose