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  • Fukuroda Falls
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    Ibaraki Pref. Kujigundaigomachi Fukuroda 3-19
    One of Japan’s Top Three Waterfalls, the Fukuroda Falls in Kuji County, Ibaraki Prefecture, are 73 meters wide with a 120-meter drop over the tributaries and rapids of Kuji River. Also called “Shido-no-taki” because the falls break over four levels of rocks or because Saigyo Hoshi suggested visiting in each of the four seasons. Its icy visage in winter and the leaves of fall make for particularly inspiring views. The old lookout deck and the new one built in 2008 offer you different views to enjoy.
  • Kegon Falls
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    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Chugushi 2479-2
    This is a magnificent waterfall which cascades down the 97 meter high sheer cliffs in a flash, and is one of Japan’s top three most famous waterfalls. If you go down to the observation deck by elevator which requires the payment of a fee, you will be able to experience up close the intensity of the water falling down which rises from the waterfall basin with a splash. You can enjoy the magnificent fresh greenery and the figure of Asian house martins flying around in the vicinity of the waterfall in the early summer, crimson foliage in the autumn and in winter, the frozen small falls or the twelve falls as they are called located half way up the waterfall provide us with a beautiful display. It is a waterfall which provides us with picturesque scenery from season to season.
  • Mino Falls
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    Osaka Minoshi Minokouen
    This 33-meter-tall waterfall was chosen as one of Japan’s 100 most beautiful waterfalls. It is located inside Meiji no Mori Mino Quasi-National Park in Minoh City, Osaka Prefecture. Known as a popular fall foliage spot, many visitors come during the autumn season. There is a “waterfall walkway” approximately 2.8 kilometers long that starts in front of Minoh Station and offers wonderful views of the natural forests of Osaka. The fall foliage is best from mid-November through the beginning of December. In the middle of the walkway is the Mino Park Museum of Insects, another popular spot.
  • Shiraito Falls
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    Karuizawa-cho, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano Prefecture
    The result of underground water welling out of bare rock, Shiraito Falls has a thin stream of water almost like a strand of silk with beautiful lines of water and white spray falling down. The refreshing sight is one of Karuizawa’s representative sightseeing spots. In the winter, icicles are artificially created using water gushing forth from the waterfall, producing a fantastical atmosphere.
  • Fukiware Waterfall
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    Gunma Pref. Numatashi Tonemachiokkai
    This waterfall is located in Tonemachi-okkai, Numata City. It is referred to the “Niagara of the East” because of the way the river water falls majestically into the V-shaped valley. There’s a walkway around the waterfall along with natural sights such as “Masutobi Waterfall” and “Hannya (Wisdom) Rock” and the “Ukishima Kannon Hall.” In addition to being designated a Natural Monument and Place of Scenic Beauty, it has also been chosen as one of Japan’s 100 most beautiful waterfalls.
  • Akame 48 Waterfalls
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    Mie Pref. Nabarishi Akamechou Nagasaka
    The general title for a four kilometer stretch of river comprised of numerous waterfalls. The area has been selected for numerous lists of scenic locations, including the Heisei 100 Famous Waterfalls, 100 Select Walking Trails, and Japan’s 100 Best Waterfall Scenery lists. Among the many waterfalls, the Akame Gobaku five falls are particularly impressive. The falls have been seen as a sacred site in traditional mountain worship since ancient times and En no Gyoja, famed mystic and founder of Shugendo asceticism, trained here. It is said that En no Gyoja met the Wisdom King Acala riding a red-eyed bull when training here, hence the area’s name of Akame (“Red Eye”). A statue of red-eyed bull is positioned along the walking trail, and it is said that rubbing them brings good luck.
  • Ryuzu Waterfall
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    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Chugushi
    This is a sightseeing spot which is representative of Oku-Nikko and is considered to be one of the three great falls in Nikko. The highlight is the appearance of water running down over the roughly 200 meter expanse of lava rock which formed during the eruption of Mt. Nantai. It is said that the naming of Ryuzu Waterfall (dragon head waterfall) is because the waterfall looks just like a dragon’s head with white bubbles streaming down, and due to the waterfall being split into two by a large rock near to the basin under the waterfall. Between May and June is a particularly popular season when the Rhododendrons are in full bloom.
  • Shiraito no taki Waterfalls
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    Shizuoka Pref. Fujinomiyashi Kamide
    This waterfall is located in Kamiide, Fujinomiya City is sourced by spring water from Mt. Fuji. Its name, meaning white thread, stems from how the countless cascades along the 20 meter-high, 150 meter-wide cliffs appear like so many silk threads. The falls have been designated by the national government as a Place of Scenic Beauty and a Natural Monument, and have also been selected for lists including Japan's best 100 waterfalls.
  • Akiu Great Falls
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    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Taihaku-ku Akiumachibaba Otaki
    Numbered among Japan’s three most famous waterfalls, Akiu Great Falls is an impressive waterfall six meters across and 55 meters high. A pedestrian path along the river brings visitors close to the falls, where they can hear the roar of the water and feel the white mist produced as they view the impressive sight of powerful torrents falling from the cliff. In autumn, the Akiu Great Falls forms a beautiful scenery with the background of colored maple leaves, which attracts many visitors as well.
  • Kirifuri Falls
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    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Tokorono
    Take the bus from JR Nikko Station, get off at the “Kirifuritaki Iriguchi” bus stop, and walk a further 15 minutes. Kirifuri Falls is considered one of the three most beautiful waterfalls in Nikko together with Urami Falls and Kegon Falls, and has also been selected as one of the 100 most beautiful waterfalls in Japan. Divided into two tiers the upper 25 meters tall and the lower 26 meters, in total this large waterfall is 75 meters tall. The name of the waterfall, meaning “falling mist,” is derived from the fall’s waters dropping onto large boulders, creating a fine mist. The trail leading to the falls’ viewing platform is famous for the beauty of the foliage in the area in autumn, and visitors can enjoy the view of the falls surrounded by colorful fall leaves from late October.
  • Nabegataki Falls
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    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunogunimachi Kurobuchi
    This is a waterfall which is said to have been made by an eruption which occurred about 90,000 years ago, which also created Aso’s caldera lake. This is a small waterfall with a height of about 10 meters and a width of about 20 meters, but the appearance of sunlight shining through the curtain-like broadly cascading water is extremely beautiful. “Urami no taki” which is enjoying the waterfall by going around to the other side of the fall is also popular. An event is also held in the springtime in which the far side of the waterfall is illuminated.
  • Yoro Falls
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    Gifu Pref. Yourougunyourouchou Takabayashi 1298-2
    This is one of Japan’s top 100 waterfalls, boasting a height of about 30 meters and a width of about 4 meters. The sight of the clear water cascading downward and causing foam to bubble beneath will enrapture you. The spray is like a fine mist, and you can even feel its coolness in the summer. According to the “Yoro Koshi Densetsu” (Legend of the Dutiful Child of Yoro), this waterfall’s water transformed into sake (rice wine).
  • Joren Falls
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    Shizuoka Pref. Izushi Yugashima
    A waterfall 25 meters tall and seven meters wide located in the Yugashima area of Izu City, Shizuoka Prefecture. This famous Izu sightseeing spot has even been selected as one of Japan’s 100 most beautiful waterfalls. The steep basalt cliff of the waterfall is covered with chain ferns, which are designated Natural Monuments. Thanks to the falls’ waters, the surrounding area is cool even in summer. The falls are famously mentioned in enka folk singer Sayuri Ishikawa’s hit song Amagigoe, and a monument inscribed with the song stands near the falls. Paddies dedicated to growing Wasabi, a local specialty product, stretch into the distance along the falls’ mountain stream, and nearby visitors will find a souvenir shop and tourist information center. Visitors can also enjoy an abundant variety of local specialties in the area, including wasabi soft serve ice cream, steamed dear meat buns, and wasabi rice bowls.
  • Harajiri Falls
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    Oita Pref. Bungoonoshi Ogatamachiharajiri 936-1
    This is an impressive waterfall 20 meters high and 120 meters wide is counted among Japan’s top 100 waterfalls and Oita Prefecture’s top 100 scenic beauties. It is unusual in that it appeared from the ground so suddenly, created 90,000 years ago with the eruption of Mt. Aso and the subsequent pyroclastic flow. It is also called the “Niagara of the Orient.” A suspension bridge spans the front and it is possible to walk close to the falling waters.
  • Josei-daki Falls
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    Hiroshima Pref. Miyoshishi Sakugichoushimosakugi
    126-meter falls in Miyoshi City, Hiroshima Prefecture. There’s a promenade along the river leading to Takimidai, where the waterfall can be seen closely. The waterfall has been selected as one of Hiroshima prefecture’s Places of Scenic Beauty as well as one of Japan’s top 100 waterfalls. There’s parking available and during the autumn season, this is a popular location with tourists to observe the changing colors.
  • Chono Falls (Nachi Falls)
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima prefecture Shobara-shi Nishijo-machi
    Waterfalls in Shobara City, Hiroshima Prefecture. It is located behind the mountain on which Kumano Shrine stands and can be reached by going through the temple grounds and then taking the nature trail that leads up to Mt. Ryozan. The five stages of the falling water resemble the tail of a long-tailed fowl, leading to the waterfall’s name of Chono Falls or “Bird Tail Falls”, in contrast to Shimane’s Torikami Falls or “Rising Bird Falls.”
  • Amedaki Waterfalls
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    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Kokufuchouamedaki
    This is the most famous waterfall in Tottori Prefecture, having a height of 40 meters, and has been selected as one of the One hundred Japanese falls. The scale of the water fall is magnificent and the scene of the water gushing down is spectacular. It has been a location for religious training since ancient times and on the first of August, according to the old lunar calendar, “Otakimairi (Worshipping of the waterfall)” was held. On the first Saturday of June, the “Takibiraki Matsuri” festival is held and local traditional entertainment such as the umbrella dance is showcased.
  • Ryuzugataki Fall
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Unnanshi Kakeyachoumatsukasa
    "This is one of the grandest waterfalls in the Chugoku region and is chosen as one of the ""Japan's Top 100 Waterfalls"" along with ""Yaedaki"" waterfall. The waterfall merges Odaki waterfall and Medaki waterfall. Behind Odaki waterfall is called the ""Uraminotaki"" and a Goddess of mercy is enshrined in the Cascade Cave. Every year on the 15th of August the ""Ryuzugataki Waterfalls Festival"" is held."
  • Osen Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Prefecture Agatsuma-gun Kusatsu-cho
    This waterfall is about ten minutes by car from the Kusatsu hot spring town in Agatsuma County, Gunma Prefecture, and about a further 30 minutes on foot from the parking lot. The water falls 25 meters and the white water flowing over the red rocks is delicate and beautiful, just like the femininity the name implies. There are many shallow places in the river, and visitors can walk near to the basin of the falls to see it up close. Depending on your fitness level you can chose from two roads from the rest area—a steep bath or a bath with a gentle slope that takes some time to walk. Past the waterfall there is a large Katsura Caramel tree of over 300 years old, boasting a height of 35 meters, selected in the 100 Largest Trees in Japan. On the other side is a large Japanese Horse-Chestnut and there are many things to see here.
  • Urami Falls
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    Gunma Pref. Tonegunminakamimachi Fujiwara
    These falls are large cascades with a 50-meter drop located near Hotaka-jinja Shrine in Minakami Town, Tone County, Gunma Prefecture, and are also known as Horai-no-Taki Falls. Legend has it that Yamato Takeru-no-Mikoto prayed here for rain. Originally the falls were observed from behind, hence their name, but recently, due to the danger of rock falls, it is forbidden to take the path behind the falls. The view from the lookout nearby is spectacular and the water splashing as it flows into the basin is breathtaking. You can feel the minus ions around you.

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