The valley that's located upstream of the Yoro River is called "Yorokeikoku" and it's the mecca of hiking. The hiking courses around this area are a hot spot for fall leaves watching, and can range from 60 minutes to 4 hours depending on the station you start hiking from: Tsukizaki, Kazusa-Okubo, or Yorokeikoku station of the Kominato Railway. Throughout your trek, there are several spots to view fall scenery, such as Umegase, Awamata Waterfall, Tsutsumori Momiji Valley, and Nakase Promenade. You'll even be able to see illuminated fall leaves at a place like Oikawa crossroad.
If you come here on November 23rd (Japanese Holiday), you can participate in the Yorokeikoku Momiji Festival!
Hike your heart away at a beautiful scenic spot
Yorokeikoku is a prime hiking location that is upstream of the Yoro River. It's perfect for hiking and fall-leaf viewing and you can even pick the length of your hike. The time it takes to complete a course varies from 60 minutes to 4 hours depending on the station you start hiking from: Tsukizaki, Kazusa-Okubo, or Yorokeikoku station of the Kominato Railway.
Umegase, Awamata Waterfall, Tsutsumori Momiji Valley, and Nakase Promenade are ideal spots to view fall leaves along your hike, especially from the end of November to the start of December. In several locations, including Oikawa crossroad, fall leaves are illuminated to welcome tourists. Furthermore, the Yorokeikoku Momiji Festival is held on November 23rd (Labor Thanksgiving Day in Japan) to entertain hikers, tourists, and anyone who is visiting this place.
The best among these spots may be Tsutsumori Momiji Valley, located about one kilometer away from the triangle junction on the National Route 468 and slightly away from the Tsutsumori area. Until recently, this spot was an area only known to locals, but as Yorokeioku began to gain popularity, so too did this formerly secret location.
Yorokeikoku is also well-known for its hot springs. After a long hike, how about soothing your tired body in Yoro Onsen (Hot springs)?