Nishizawa Gorge (西沢渓谷) is an intermediate dayhike easily accessible from Kofu or Kawaguchiko. The gorge is famous for its many waterfalls and beautiful fall colors. Some sections are a bit exposed and might be slippery if you walk it as a loop.
Elevation Gain: 685m
Take the bus from Enzan station South Exit. It has 4 departures a day and costs 1050¥ one way. Check google for the times. First one is at 8:30 currently. Name of the bus stop is Nishizawa Keikoku Iriguchi.
If coming by car park at the free parking lot next to a souvenir shop.
The toilet is at the trailhead another 20min up the road.
From the parking lot walk up the hill past the souvenir shop. For the first 15min you'll walk on a forest road, then once you get to the toilet keep straight and you'll pass an abandoned old lodge.
The trail has 2 sections, up the river and down. The trail up is along the river and steep/exposed at times. There are some chains to help you along.
It's not really difficult, but if you're not sure footed, go in and out by the other trail.
The way back is along an old forestry railway and much easier than the path along the river. This section can also be walked by kids and then you can go down the "steps" by the waterfall.
Caution: currently the last set of falls is not accessible/closed because of a landslide in 2021.
Elevation Profile & Map
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