Hiking near noumea – the Japanese Railway path!

Unknown from tourists, is the « Chemin de fer des Japonais », litterally the Japanese railway path.

The Japanese Railway path is about 45 minutes’ drive from Noumea, right before the blue river park.

Named after the Japanese workers who constructed the railway in the 1930s, the Japanese railway was used to transport wood from the South forests of New Caledonia to the sea. The railway was used till 1942 when all Japanese workers were sent back in a rush to Japan after the attack of Pearl Harbor.

Along the river, the path follows the railway, and you will discover the unique landscape of the South of the island. You will observe the rich nature of the south of New Caledonia, including some of the endemic plants of the region.

Even though time has significantly impacted the constructions, in many occasions, you will be able to observe the wooden railway sleepers, as well as some railways, wagons and bridges.

The path can be steep from time to time, and good walking equipment is required. The river has blue water holes in many places, lots of waterfalls too, which makes it a perfect path to alternate walking and swimming periods.

After a walking, enjoy a picnic along the river, in total quietness, to make it a perfect day.

Ideal for hikers, photographers and people who enjoy history, join us and follow the Japanese Railway path.

Please contact us for availability, before booking online. Thank you, Merci, Oleti

japanese railway path

Additional information

TicketsAdults, Kids

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION:   your hotel or Airbnb in Noumea.

WEAR: Comfortable clothing and good walking, hiking shoes. Avoid white or light colours, as the ground is really RED 🙂


  • English speaking knowledgeable guide
  • Transportation in mini-coach
  • Picnic
  • Complimentary bottled water
japanese railway path
japanese railway path
japanese railway path

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