Atera Gorge (Nojiri, Nagano Prefecture)


Atera Gorge is known for the clarity and emerald coloring of its waters. The trail along the river offers several scenic lookouts, deep rockpools and old bridges from previous logging times. Further up into the gorge (car park area, toilet) is a signed and graded circuit walk with two suspension bridges across the river. The trailhead is 10 min from JR Nojiri station and 10 min from Atera Fore Spa Onsen (public access to the onsen).

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Getting there

How do you get to the start of the walk?

JR Nojiri station, Nagano Prefecture.

10 min walk from the station to the Kiso river with a bridge across, leading directly to the trailhead of the Atera Gorge.


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Route/Trail notes

A detailed description of the walk!


Do you need any permits? What's the cost?

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Very few cars on a weekday. Extensive signage with info about the area in japanese/ english.

Wanderlust on 16 Nov, 2022


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