You might feel sometimes to hear only babble of the river and nothing to do for whole day. Especially if you are in busy Tokyo, this feeling comes more and more. Nagatoro is a tourist spot surrounded by the beauty of nature, located about two hours from the heart of Tokyo.
It has flourished as a tourist area since the end of the 19th century, and currently receives 2 million visitors a year. The entirety of Nagatoro Town is designated as the Prefectural Nagatoro Tamayodo Natural Park, and both banks of the Arakawa river that flows through its center are designated as places of scenic beauty and natural monuments. Nagatoro Valley is 6 km long in total and is designated a place of scenic beauty and natural monument.
The valley contains Iwadatami that is a rock formation exposed over a width of 80 m and a length of 500 m along the Arakawa river. It was named Iwadatami. Tatami is a traditional Japanese flooring material. Nagatoro Iwadatami was named because the rocks look like successive layers of tatami overlapping each other. There are many other beauty spots around Iwadatami, such as the strangely shaped rocks called Kigan and the cliffs called Chichibu-Sekiheki on the other side of the Arakawa River.Throughout the Nagatoro Valley, you can enjoy looking at the formative beauty of nature that was created by changes in the earth’s crust and erosion by the river.
River boating has been enjoyed in Nagatoro since the beginning of the 20th century, and is one of the town’s major attractions, bringing in 200,000 visitors a year. Interesting? Please check it out!