Tunnel of Light(Ma Yansong/MAD Architects)


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,

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




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

Hours of Operation



Tunnel hours



Tunnel fee


Adults (16+) ¥600

Children (6-15) ¥300

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.