Nikko's “Kanmangafuchi Abyss” is a scenic spot where you can see unusual topography and the rapids of the Daiyagawa river. It is a tourist spot where you can enjoy the clear water Daiyagawa river and the nature of Nikko. You can enjoy beautiful scenery of the seasons such as fresh green leaves, autumn leaves, the snow scenery at this hidden spot of Nikko.

Kanmangafuchi Abyss

Kanmangafuchi Abyss is a small valley created by the lava flow of Mt. Nantaisan’s eruption. The lava-solidified riverbed creates deep undulations in the deep pools and river flow, allowing you to see a rough yet beautiful scenery. A stone statue built by a monk was once placed on a huge rock on the riverbank. It is said that the name of Kanmangafuchi was given the name "Kanman" from that stone statue. In addition, there is a legend that the word "Kanman" is engraved on the cliff upstream, and the founder of Shingon sect Buddhism, Kobo Taishi threw a brush at it and wrote it.

Highlights of Kanmangafuchi Abyss

The highlight of Kanmangafuchi Abyss is the collaboration between Daiya River, which flows powerfully, and the beautiful scenery of each season. The spring and summer season is full of lush sights, and on sunny days you can see the blue colour of rapids. In the fall, you can see the beautiful landscape of the red autumn leaves. It snows in the winter, and you can see an elegant scenery. It is a recommended tourist spot where you can take your time enjoying various beautiful sights in every season.

Kanmangafuchi Abyss Riverside Trail

The Jizogun (grouop of Jizo statues) can be found along the south bank of Kanmangafuchi. It is called "Bakejizo", as it is said the number is different every time you count them. There used to be 100 Jizo statues, but some are washed away by floods, so currently there are only about 70 of them left. The moss-covered Jizo is a mysterious sight. There is also a limited-time event where the Jizo statues are lit up. There is also an observation platform up some stairs, that protrudes out into the river. From the observation deck, you can watch the powerful river from up close.

Access to Kanmangafuchi Abyss

To get to Kanmangafuchi Abyss from Tokyo, take the Shinkansen from Tokyo Station and get off at Utsunomiya Station. From Utsunomiya Station, transfer to JR Nikko Line and get off at Nikko Station. Take a bus from JR Nikko Station or Tobu Nikko Station and get off at Nikko Sogo Kaikan Mae stop and walk about 20 minutes.

Spot Information

  • Spot name: Kanmangafuchi Abyss
  • Street address: Takumicho, Nikko, Tochigi
  • Access: Take a bus from JR Nikko Station or Tobu Nikko Line Tobu Nikko Station and get off at Nikko Sogo Kaikan Mae stop and walk about 20 minutes.
  • Wi-Fi: Unavailable
  • Language: Only Japanese
  • Ticket: Free
  • Credit cards: No credit cards accepted