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Why Kanmangafuchi Pool is special ?
Kanmangafuchi Abyss (憾満ヶ淵) was formed by an eruption of nearby Mount Nantai. This gorge near central Nikko is only a few hundred meters long and can be enjoyed from a pleasant riverside walking trail.
Kanmangafuchi is also known for its row of about 70 stone statues of Jizo, a Bodhisattva who cares for the deceased. This particular group of Jizo statues is alternately called "Bake Jizo" (Ghost Jizo), "Narabi Jizo" (Jizo in a line) or "Hyaku Jizo" (100 Jizo). The statues look out over the river and across to the Nikko Botanical Garden, but the botanical garden cannot be entered from the abyss.
What to explore at Kanmangafuchi Pool?
If you are up for a walk in the woods in Nikko, check out Kanmangafuchi pool & Bake Jizo. The path runs along side the Daiya river and is adorned with beautiful stone Jizo statues to protect the spirits of those who have passed on. This is a good place for photos, as well as finding inner peace. Very tranquil here and not crowded as it is off the beaten path.
How to get to Kanmangafuchi Pool?
From JR or Tobu Nikko Station, take a Tobu bus bound for Chuzenjiko Onsen or Yumoto Onsen and get off at the Tamozawa bus stop. The bus ride takes about 10 minutes and costs 310 yen one way. From the bus stop, the trail begins after a 10-15 minutes walk through a residential area.
The Kanmangafuchi Abyss can also be reached in about a 30 minute walk from Toshogu Shrine.
- Very pretty nature walk
- The best spot in Nikko
- Pleasant and atmospheric walk
- Excellent Country Walk
- Peaceful walk, free attraction, lots to see
Nikko 321-1435, Tochigi Prefecture
Tips for you
Kanmangafuchi Abyss is my favorite place in Nikko. It can be tricky to find. From Shinkyo bridge go the left and follow the river up till you come to the bridge (actually the road turns to the left over the bridge, cross the bridge and turn right and walk straight till you reach Abbey. From the bridge 20-30 minutes walk NOT one hour walk as some people write. Then you can walk back or carry on as this is the part of (red) Kanman path about 5 km, map provided in tourist center. There is no entrance fee, accessible any time. You will be there maybe alone only with Jizo statues with little knitted red hats and bibs. This is really quite, tranquil and atmospheric place to relax and see the river pools.