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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)
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    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
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    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
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    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.
  • Kozawamata Falls
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    Chiba Pref. Isumigunotakimachi Kozawamata
    "A waterfall located in Kozawamata, Otaki Town, Isumi County, Chiba Prefecture. This waterfall is one of the many of varying sizes dotting the two-kilometer-long walking path which follows the Yoro River from the Awamata Waterfall in the Yoro Valley. The falls are also known as the ""phantom waterfall."" Situated beneath a cliff on the grounds of a teahouse, visitors must pay a small fee to view the falls."
  • Kurotaki Falls
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    Hyougo Pref. Mikishi Yokawachouinada
    A waterfall located along the Mino River in Miki City, Hyogo Prefecture. The waterfall consists of two stages, a greater waterfall spanning 30 meters in width and dropping four meters in height from a large slab of rock, and a much smaller lesser waterfall. The beautiful falls, flowing amidst verdant hills, is the most picturesque sight in the Yokawa-cho area. The falls are also the site of a folktale about a clever tanuki (raccoon dog) and fox outwitting each other; in addition, the location is said to bring happiness to couples who visit. The falls have been selected for inclusion in a list of the 100 most beautiful water-related landscapes in the east Harima / Kakogawa area.
  • Harafudo Falls
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    Hyougo Pref. Shisoushi Hagachouhara Inside the Haga Fudo Waterfall Park
    This waterfall, located inside Hagafudotaki Park in Shiso City, Hyogo Prefecture, is one of the most scenic locations in Hyonosen-Ushiroyama-Nagisan Quasi-National Park. Consisting of two streams, the greater waterfall boasts an 88-meter drop, the longest in the prefecture. The lesser waterfall flows alongside the greater and plunges into the same pool, and locals believe the falls bring good luck and success in finding love. Visitors can enjoy a stunning view of the falls' flow from the Okukaede Bridge, a suspension bridge built specifically for viewing the natural wonder. The falls have been selected for inclusion in a list of Japan's 100 Best Waterfalls and were else depicted in a Quasi-National Park stamp series released in Japan in 1969.
  • Aiya Falls
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    Hyougo Pref. Sumotoshi Aiya
    A waterfall located three kilometers from the Sumoto interchange on the Kobe-Awaji-Naruto Expressway traveling along National Route 28 and Prefectural Routes 473 and 534 towards Maehira. Situated 600 meters downstream from the Aiyagawa Dam in Sumoto City, the 14.5-meter drop falls are the biggest on Awaji Island. The falls were once seen as a sacred place which was visited by many, and traces of this history still remain, such as a stone monument and statue of Acala enshrined at the base of the falls. An ancient evergreen and broadleaf tree forest sprawls around the falls area; a famous destination for enjoying cherry blossom and fall foliage viewing, the falls also serve as the 61st station on the Awaji Flower Pilgrimage. In summer, visitors just might catch sight of fireflies.
  • Saruo Falls
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    Hyougo Pref. Mikatagunkamichou Muraoka-ku Hikage
    "A waterfall located in Hikage, Muraoka Ward, Kami Town, Mikata County. A two-tier falls comprised of an upper section plunging straight down and a lower section flowing between a fissure in a boulder, the falls' name, which means ""Monkey Tail,"" is derived from its monkey tail-like shape. Designated a Prefectural Place of Scenic Beauty, the falls have also been selected for inclusion in a list of Japan's 100 Best Waterfalls. A waterfall festival is held each year here in July, during which time events and activities are held such as a nagashi-somen noodle slide powered by water from the falls."
  • Shiwagara Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Mikatagunshinonsenchou Umigami
    A waterfall located along the Komatagawa Valley in the Ueyama Highlands in Umigami, Shin-onsen, Town, Mikata County, Hyogo Prefecture. The waterfall lies at the end of a steeply rising and falling one-kilometer long trail leading from the entrance to the valley. Falling into an erosion carved cavern, the interweaving of the green, moss covered rock and plunging water creates a magical scene.
  • Tendaki Falls
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    Hyougo Pref. Yabushi Oyachouikada
    A waterfall located in the Tendaki Valley in Ikada, Oya -cho, Yabu City. Plunging 98 meters, the beauty of this renowned waterfall can be enjoyed along with fresh verdure in spring and fall foliage in autumn. The waterfall has also been selected for inclusion in a list of Japan's 100 Best Waterfalls. A hiking course maintained in the valley leads to the waterfall and visitors can take in natural beauty selected for inclusion in a list of 100 Forests in Japan suited for Forest Bathing.
  • Ryusei-no-taki (Shooting Stars Fall) and Ginga-no-taki (Milky Way Falls)
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    Hokkaido Kamikawagunkamikawachou Sounkyou
    The cliffs alongside the Ishikari River continue on for 24 kilometers. The two most famous waterfalls flowing from the cliff are Ryusei no Taki (Shooting Stars Falls) and Ginga no Taki (Milky Way Falls). The Shooting Stars waterfall falls violently from a height of 90 meters while the Milky Way waterfall gracefully falls the 120 meters like a fine white thread. The falls are also referred to as male and female falls due to their symmetry. There is a large carpark on route 39 and a 20-minute walk with the waterfalls as a backdrop will lead you to the Sobakudai viewpoint.

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