Koya Ryujin Skyline

Description: 

KoyaRyujin Skyline is a part of National Highway 371 in Wakayama Prefecture leading from the beautiful Mount Koya housing sacred Koyasan Okunoin to the peaceful village Ryujin Mura holding warm Ryujin Onsen with the length of 42.7 kilometers over the Kisyu Mountain Ridge and the Koya-Ryujin National Park. This is a very important road that allows access from the Hashimoto/Koyasan area to the Ryujin/Hongu area thanks to a design of 2 lane in both ways making it easy to drive on. KoyaRyujin Skyline used to be toll road but in 2003, it was made free into National Highway 371. With endless appearance of crooks, the road becomes a great sightseeing place for drivers and backpackers around Japan and all over the world.

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This road is loved not only by many motorists but also motorcyclists because you can get panoramic view easily from both your motorbikes and car windows. The Skyline Road is laid along 1000 meter high ridges along the border of Wakayama prefecture and Nara prefecture with the southern slope of Gomanodan-yama covered by primeval beech. It is extremely wonderful to drive along the ridges and admire scenes changing by height. On beautiful days, you can find the ocean of immaculate white cloud spread out to the Kisyu mountains and overwhelmed by fold upon fold mountain ranges stretching into the distance.

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The rich and beauty of the Koya-Ryujin Skyline scenery reflects the various seasons. In autumn, primeval beech forests dress on the red and yellow shirt created beautiful scenery mixing of colorful diversity. The Road is a popular destination for seeing the colorful autumn leaves from the end of October to the beginning of November. You supposed that there will be the only hot color of orange red and yellow, however, it is the perfect harmonious combination of Japanese pampas grass and autumn leaves that every moment your eyes are burt down by red fire of leaves, they can immediately cooled by white pampas blossoms.

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You should stop and feel the softest movement of Nature when the field of pampas grass are quivering and bobbing in the light breeze and the hill looks like an oil painting with color pieces of red and yellow on the green ground.

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Winter comes and brings the colorful shirt away, covering the whole mountain by a white veil of snow, creating the rare spectacle of frosted silver forests and mountains. In midwinter, all cedar trees are out of leaves but full of brilliant fog deposit flowers. You will drive over completely frozen trails with trees of a delicate and beautiful fog deposit lining up in both sides. It is just an exhibition of snow art by the Creator over the trees and ridges.

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Midway along the skyline is Gomanodan-yama which is a 1114 meter mountain peak ranking as the 1st highest peak in Wakayama and the 614th highest mountain in Japan. According to a legend, long time ago, Commander Koremori of the Taira clan kindled a holy fire of invocation to seal his fate after being defeated in battle by the Minamoto clan. Nowadays, there is an observatory and resting spot called Mount Goma Sky Tower near the summit where you can enjoy the panoramic view of mountains painted with multicolored leaves. The Gomadanzan Forest Park in the south from Gomadanzan Sky Tower houses over 60000 fully blooming rhododendron trees, known as the number one rhododendron area in Japan.

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Open time: 

All day

Admission: 

Free

How to access: 
-By Bus: from JR Koyasan Station, take the Nankai Rinkai Bus and get off at Gomadanzan.
 
-By Car: From the Wakayama-Kita Interchange on the Hanwa Expressway, take Prefectural Road 139, then National Route 24, 480.