Kii-Tonda Station to Mika-gawa Bus Stop
Access to the trail starts from Kii-Tonda Station through the village, across the Tonda-gawa River, through varied rural terrain of rice terraces and houses to find your way to Sodo-ji Temple. Around the temple to the right is the entrance to the Tonda-zaka trail.
Pass two registered heritage properties of Ichiri-matsu remains (where an old milestone marker used to be) and Umantani Castle remains.
Make your way up through the mountainous trail to Agotsujimatsu-toge Pass to enjoy a superb view before the trail descends on a mixed gravel-and-paved forestry road to the bottom.
The trail continues on to what used to be the Ago Settlement.
|Distance||~13 km (~8 mi)|
※Walking times vary. Please plan accordingly.
|Difficulty Rating||What is difficulty rating?|
|Total Elevation Gain||~470 m (~1500 ft)|
|Total Elevation Loss||~515 m (~1700 ft)|
|Access||Walking, Taxi, Community Bus (see below)|
|Nearest Train Stations||Kii-Tonda, Kii-Hiki|
Kii-Hiki & Mika-gawa Access Options
It is possible to walk Tonda-zaka in either direction. It can also be done in conjunction with the Hotoke-zaka section for a long 26-km day.
Please note on the Route Map below that the southern trailhead is located inland from the Kii-Hiki Station.
There is limited public transportation in this area so the two most common ways to connect the Kii-Hiki station and trailhead near the Mika-gawa Bus Stop is by taxi or walking.
Taxi and community bus reservations must be done in Japanese.
|Route||Kii-Hiki Station to Mika-gawa community bus stop, on Prefectural Road No. 37|
|Distance||~5 km (~3 mi)|
|Time||~1.5 hrs ※Walking times vary.|
|Total Elevation Gain||~90 m (~300 ft)|
|Total Elevation Loss||~80 m (~260 ft)|
There is only one taxi based here and the driver is on holiday on Sundays and national holidays. It is best to call in advance to make a reservation (Japanese only). If you plan to use a taxi it is often easiest to take the train in the morning to Kii-Hiki and walk from south to north. The taxi can then be reserved to correspond to the train arrival time.
|Route||Kii-Hiki Station to Ago area.|
|Company||Meiko Taxi, Kii-Hiki Station Office|
|Telephone||0739-52-2511 (Japanese only)|
|Estimated Price||~2000 yen ※ Price will vary.|
NOTE: Limited bus times with reservations needed for most departures. Does not run on Sundays or national holidays. Call the reservation line of Meiko Taxi for the Shirahama Town Community Bus (Sanmai Line) directly for information (Japanese only) at 0739-42-2727.
300 yen ※ Price subject to change.