Repurposed Railway

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 Once JR trains ran through Mukogawa Gorge. Now hikers who like gorgeous scenery, but not overly much exertion, cross the sleepers.  Thankfully spared, for the time being, from becoming another of Japan’s many dams, this hike is nearby Takarazuka, and very easily accessed from Osaka, or Kobe if you start from JR Takedao station. There are several old train tunnels along the route, so make sure to bring torches, as they are pitch black, and treacherous underfoot without light. The best season undoubtedly is autumn, but summer is also beautiful.

Stunning views of a river gorge.

Stunning views of a river gorge.

This bridge is now purely for decorative purposes.

This bridge is now purely for decorative purposes.

On one side of the tunnel.

On one side of the tunnel.

Exiting from the other side.

Exiting from the other side.

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An easy way to get some nature-views in, without being too far from the cities.

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Don’t wait! Let’s go on a hike!

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