Dorogawa Nature Research Route洞川自然研究路

難易度 Difficulty 初級 Beginner
全長 Overall length 6.6km
高低差 Difference of altitude 90m
所要時間 Time required ゆっくり歩いて5時間 5hours by walking slowly

スギ・ヒノキが植えられた林から、トチやブナなどの広葉樹が生える森を抜け、人々が暮らす洞川温泉旅館街を通って戻るルートです。高低差が少なく、途中で舗装道路に引き返せるポイントもあるので安心。登山や森歩きに慣れていないという方におすすめです。お弁当は事前に用意しておきましょう。
This route starts from the forest where sugi and hinoki are planted, then goes through the forest of broad-leaved trees including Japanese horse chestnut and Siebold’s beech, and passes Dorogawa Hot Springs Village. There is little difference in altitude, and there are points to return to paved streets in middle of the route. It is recommended for people who are not used to climbing mountains or walking in the woods. Prepare a lunch box beforehand

ルートRoute

下市口駅バス停Shimoichiguchi-eki Bus Stop

START!
  • 09:20

洞川温泉バス停Dorogawa Onsen Bus Stop

  • 10:38

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大峯山洞川温泉観光協会Mount Omine Dorogawa Spa Tourism Bureau

  • 10:40
  • 10min
マップなど観光情報がいっぱいSubstantial tourism information including maps is provided.

洞川の宿やお店、その他観光パンフレットなどが多数設置。手荷物の預かりサービスも行っています。
Lots of brochures of hotels and shops in Dorogawa and other tourism-related information. There’s also baggage room service

奈良県吉野郡天川村洞川温泉
Dorogawa Onsen, Tenkawa Village, Yoshino County, Nara Pref.
TEL : 0747-64-0333 9:00–17:00
不定休 Irregular holidays

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洞川八幡宮Dorogawa Hachimangu

  • 10:50
  • 5min
樹齢400年を越す巨木は必見The 400-year-old huge tree is a must-see

明洞川地区の氏神さま。毎年10月には盛大に秋祭りが行われます。ご挨拶をして、今日の安全を祈願してみてはいかがですか?
A guardian deity of Dorogawa Area. A large autumn festival is held every October. How about paying respect and pray for safe passage today?

奈良県吉野郡天川村洞川700-1
700-1, Dorogawa, Tenkawa Village, Yoshino County, Nara Pref.
TEL:0747-64-0333 無料 Free

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面不動鍾乳洞Menfudo limestone cave

  • 11:10
  • 20min
地下宮殿さながらの自然の洞窟Natural cave like an underground palace

県の特別天然記念物に指定された長さ280mの鍾乳洞で、洞内の平均気温は8℃。何万年もの歳月をかけてつくられた自然の芸術です。
This is a 280m-long limestone cave designated as a special natural monument by the prefecture. The average temperature inside it is 8℃. An art of nature created through tens of thousands of years.

奈良県吉野郡天川村洞川673-89
673-89, Dorogawa, Tenkawa Village, Yoshino County, Nara Pref.
TEL:0747-64-0352 ¥400
9:00-17:00(夏期は変動 Varies during summer)
不定休 Irregular holidays

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龍泉寺裏の自然林Natural forest in the backyard of Ryusenji Temple

  • 11:40
  • 60min
  • LUNCH
植林を抜けた後に現れる、多様な植物の営みが美しい森The beauty of this forest which appears after the artificial forest is the workings of various plants

真言宗醍醐派大本山「龍泉寺」の裏山にある天然の森で、県の天然記念物に指定されています。生えているのはモミ・ツガ・スギ・イタヤカエデ・トチノキ・ブナなど。高木から低木まで、さまざまな年齢の木が生えていることからも、自然のサイクルで健全に世代交代がなされている様子が伺えます。
This is natural forest in the backyard mountain of Ryusenji Temple, the main temple of the Daigo division of the Shingon Sect of Buddhism. It is designated as a natural monument of Nara Prefecture. Fir trees, hemlock, sugi, Itaya-kaede (a kind of maple), buckeye, and Siebold’s beech grow here. Trees of various age including high trees and bushes are evidence of a healthy succession of generations.

森目線の見どころForester’s eye

森と植林の境目The border between natural forest and artificial forest

スギ・ヒノキの植林を抜けると、森の景色が一変するポイントがあります。ここで前後を見比べると、森と林の景色が大きく異なることに気がつくはず。天然の森は明るくて、植物はみんなどこか気持ち良さそうです。
There is a point where the view suddenly changes after the artificial forest of sugi and hinoki. You’ll notice the large difference between natural forest and artificial forest. Natural forest is brighter, and the plants seems like they are feeling comfortable.

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かりがね橋Karigane Bridge

  • 12:40
高さ50m! スリル万点の大吊り橋The 50m-high large suspension bridge is full of thrills

全長120m・高さ50mの、天川村で最も長い吊り橋。洞川では岩燕のことを“かりがね”と呼ぶことから、橋の名前がつけられたそう。
The longest suspension bridge is in Tenkawa Village. The total length is 120m and the height is 50m. The bridge is named after house martins, which are called “Karigan” by local people

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大原山展望台Oharayama Observatory

  • 12:50
  • 10min
集落を一望できるビュースポットA spot where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the village

洞川の集落が見渡せる展望台。この辺りからまた植林になるので、ぜひ前後の森と林を比較してみてください。
An observatory where you can look out over the Dorogawa community. The forest changes to artificial forest again around here. Compare natural forest and artificial forest here, too.

森目線の見どころForester’s eye

倒木の上は新たな命のパラダイスThe top of a fallen tree is a paradise for new lives

菌が登ってこられない倒木の上には、たくさんの木の赤ちゃんが育っています。ただし彼らには、後に土まで根を下ろせるかどうかの命の勝負が待っています。
Many baby trees grow on the top of fallen trees where fungi do not come up. However, their life will be tested in the future by whether they can take root in the ground.

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カジカの滝Kajika-no-taki Falls

  • 13:30
  • 15min
清流に棲むカエルの名前がつけられた美しい滝A beautiful waterfall named after frogs living in the limpid stream

カジカとは清流に棲む体長5cmほどのカエルのこと。春から夏にかけて、鈴を転がすような美しい声で鳴くことで知られています。滝の落差はありませんが、周囲の緑や透き通った水と相まって、とても美しい風景が広がっています。
Kajika is an approximately 5cm-long frog which lives in limpid streams. They are known for their beautiful voice like ringing bells from spring to summer. The waterfall is not very big, but the green surrounding it and the clear water create very beautiful scenery.

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母公堂Hahako-do shrine

  • 14:00
  • 10min
役行者の母親が祀られたお堂A shrine commemorating the mother of En-no-gyoja

心配して会いにきた母の身を案じて役行者が建てた庵。その母「白専女(しらとうめ)」が祀られ、多くの方が安産祈願に訪れています。
It was a shelter En-no-gyoja built for his mother Shiratoume when she came to see him in the mountains worrying about him. This shrine commemorates Shiratoume, and many people visit here to pray for safe birth.

奈良県吉野郡天川村洞川
Dorogawa, Tenkawa Village, Yoshino County, Nara Pref.
TEL:0747-64-0930
不定休 Irregular holidays

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ごろごろ水Goro-goro-mizu spring water

  • 14:20
名水百選に選ばれる湧き水A spring water selected as one of 100 famed mineral waters

環境省名水百選「洞川湧水群」の一つ。近くの「ごろごろ茶屋」で汲むことができ、施設利用料の一部は山への広葉樹植栽に活用されています。
Dorogawa spring waters were selected as 100 famed mineral waters by the Ministry of the Environment. You can fill your bottles at “Goro-goro Chay” caé nearby. A part of the fee is used for planting broad-leaved trees in the mountains.

奈良県吉野郡天川村洞川686-139
686-139, Dorogawa, Tenkawa Village, Yoshino County, Nara Pref.
TEL:0747-64-0188 9:00–18:00
定休日 Closed│悪天候の場合 In bad weather conditions
¥500〜(駐車料金含む including the parking fee)

解説 役行者とはInformation Who is En-no-gyoja?

役行者は、奈良時代に大峯山に入り、1,000日ものあいだ修行を行って「修験道」という宗教を確立したと言われている人物。鬼を従えるほどの法力をもっていたとも。「修験道」は古代の山岳信仰を礎に、仏教・道教・陰陽道などの外来の宗教が混ざり合った、日本独自の宗教。今なお、その信仰は人々の心を掴み、多くの行者が天川村を訪れているのです。
En-no-gyoja is a person who is said to have established the religion Shugendo (mountaineering asceticism) by practicing ascetic exercises for as long as 1,000 days in Omine Mountains in the Nara Period. He is said to have had the power of the Buddhist dharma to bring ogres as servants with him. Shugendo is an original religion of Japan formed based on ancient mountain religion mixed with other religions from foreign countries such as Buddism, Taoism, and the Way of Yin and Yang. The faith still attracts people, and many ascetics visit Tenkawa Village.

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洞川温泉旅館街Dorogawa Hot Springs Village

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  • 14:40
  • 15min
どこか懐かしい風情が漂う旅館街A nostalgic street of inns

縁側のある旅館が軒を連ね、土産物店や射的のお店も。夜になると店先に吊るされた行灯が灯され、どこか懐かしい風情が漂います。
Japanese style inns with traditional verandas stand side by side. There are also souvenir shops and a target shooting game shop. Paper-covered lamps are lit in the night, and there is somewhat nostalgic atmosphere.

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洞川温泉センターDorogawa Spa Center

  • 15:10
  • 35min
登山者から愛され続ける村営温泉Village-run Spa loved by climbers

ヒノキを使った内湯と露天風呂が楽しめる公営温泉です。ぜひゆっくりと、一日の疲れを癒してください。
Public hot spring where you can enjoy bathing in a hinoki bath tub and an open-air bath. Please come to relax and recover from the fatigue of your day.

奈良県吉野郡天川村洞川13-1
13-1, Dorogawa, Tenkawa Village, Yoshino County, Nara Pref.
TEL:0747-64-0800 11:00–20:00 定休日 Closed│水 Wed. ¥600

洞川温泉バス停Dorogawa Onsen Bus Stop

  • 15:58

下市口駅バス停Shimoichiguchi-eki Bus Stop

GOAL!
  • 17:09

アドバイザーAdvisor

森の案内人 Forest guide
三浦豊 Miura Yutaka
http://www.niwatomori.com
1977年、京都市生まれ。 2002年、日本大学芸術学部卒業後、聴風館造園研究所入社。翌年退社し、2004年より日本中の森を巡り始める。 2010年、森の案内を開始。
Born in 1977 in Kyoto. After graduating from Nihon University College of Art in 2002, joined Chofukan Gardening Lab. Leaving the lab next year, started traveling many forests all over Japan from 2004. Started the forest guide from 2010.
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