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  • 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
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    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.
  • Kamuiwakka Hot Falls
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    Hokkaido Shari-gun, Shari-cho Iwaobetsu Shiretoko National Park
    A waterfall that flows into the river from the active volcano Mt. Shiretoko Io, warms the river like a hot spring. Currently it is possible to walk to the first waterfall but beyond that is closed to the public. The area cannot be accessed by train, so visitors must come by shuttle bus or car. However, there are times when private cars are not allowed access, so be sure to check in advance. Every year there are accidents of people slipping and falling at the waterfall, so please take care and come prepared.
  • Todoroki Waterfalls
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    Tokushima Prefecture Kaifu-gun, Kaiyo-cho, King surplus Uotani
    Todoroki Waterfalls were selected as one of the 100 best Japanese waterfalls. This waterfall which boasts of being the largest in Shikoku, has the feature of a superb resounding thunderous roaring and ground trembling. The waterfall is also enshrined at Todoroki Shrine and Ryuo-ji Temple. Various large and small waterfalls occur in succession upstream such as Ookarasu-Kokarasu falls and Torigaeshi falls, and as a general term, the waterfalls are also called “Todoroki Kujuku-taki Waterfalls”.
  • Mariyudu Waterfall
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    Okinawa Pref. Yaeyamaguntaketomichou Uebaru
    Mariyudu Waterfall is located upstream of the Urauchi River on Iriomote Island in Okinawa Prefecture, which has been selected as one of the 100 best Japanese waterfalls. Mari means “round” and Yudu means “Stagnation”, and as this name suggests, one of its characteristic is that the basin under the waterfall is round. You will arrive at the waterfall by walking about 40 minutes through the jungle from the sightseeing boat’s upstream docking station, but be careful as it can be slippery.
  • 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.
  • Yudaki Falls
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    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Yumoto
    This is a magnificent 110 meter long and 70 meter high waterfall which is located at the southern tip of Lake Chuzenji. The highlight is certainly the appearance of the lake all at once flowing over the rock wall at Yudaki falls which was created by a lava flow from Mt. Mitsudake which dammed up the Yukawa River to create Lake Yunoko. It is in the middle of the hiking course heading north from the Senjogahara Plateau and it is convenient to access as there is a bus stop nearby.
  • Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-no-taki)
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    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Fukiaichou
    The collective name for four waterfalls (Ontaki, Mentaki, Meotodaki, and Tsutsumigadaki) along the Nunobiki mountain stream on Mt. Rokko, the falls are considered on the three most sacred waterfalls in Japan. The Ontaki, 43 meters tall, is particularly impressive, dropping down and switching its direction in five stages from a rock cropping. Each stage has a cauldron-like basin which legend says leads to the Palace of the Dragon King under the sea. The falls have also been selected as one of the 100 most beautiful waterfalls in Japan.
  • Oko no Taki Waterfall
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    Kagoshima Pref. Kumagegunyakushimachou Kurio
    Cascading down from an exhilarating height of 88 meters Oko-no-Taki Waterfall is the largest of Yakushima’s waterfalls and has been selected as one of Japan’s top 100 waterfalls. Since visitors can walk directly down to the plunge basin, it is recommended to get up close and feel the intensity of the falls and experience the spray of the falls. Located close by is the Oko Yusui spring where water is bubbling forth from the ground, and this has also been selected as one of Japan’s top 100 exquisite and well-conserved waters. Take Yakushima Kotsu’s bus bound for Oko-no-Taki, get off at the final stop, and from there it is a three-minute walk.
  • Chinda Falls
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    Oita Pref. Bungoonoshi Onomachiyada
    The collective name for a 20-meter-high, 100-meter-wide-waterfall (Ontaki) on the main current of the Ono River and a smaller 18 meter tall, four-meter-wide waterfall (Mentaki) on the Hirai River tributary, the falls are nicknamed “the Niagara of Ono.” A walkway draws close to the larger waterfall and the view from the platform jutting out at the end is stunning. This famous waterfall was even painted by the renowned Muromachi period artist Sesshu Toyo.
  • 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.
  • Sanagisawa Fudo Falls
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibushi Otaki
    "This waterfall is in Chichibu City, Saitama Prefecture. Its source is the Arakawa River that starts from Takizawa Dam. You can access it from National Route 140. It's the only waterfall in Saitama Prefecture among the official top 100 waterfalls in Japan. The waterfall has three drops: the first is 12 meters, the second is 14 meters, and the third is 50 meters. A Fudo-do shrine is nearby. The sacred water that springs from there is called ""Kusanagi-no-mizu"" and you can drink it. "
  • Sanjo Falls
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    Fukushima Pref. Minamiaidugunhinoematamura Mount Mt.
    "This waterfall on the border of Niigata and Fukushima Prefectures has been selected as one of Japan's top 100 waterfalls. The falls are on the Tadami River that flows from the Ozegahara Marshland to Lake Okutadami, and a popular trekking route connects it with Hiraname-no-taki Falls. The area's so beautiful that it's been said ""A visit to Ozei isn't complete without seeing Sanjo Falls and Ayamedaira marshlands"" Registered with the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, Oze is one of Japan's premier high-altitude marshlands. Used as a base for mountain climbing, it's part of Oze National Park, which covers a vast area spanning four prefectures."
  • Anmon-no-taki Waterfalls
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    Aomori Pref. Nakatsugarugunnishimeyamura Kawaratai Okawazoe
    Shirakami-Sanchi became Japan's first World Heritage Site in 1993 because it's home to a variety of rare plants and animals. Anmon-no-taki Waterfalls in the Shirakami Mountains consists of three cascades. The first waterfall at the top is 42 meters high, the second is 37 meters high, and the third is 26 meters high. A walking path and boardwalk connect the Anmon Rest Area to the first waterfall via the Anmon Valley Route, but since there's the danger of falling rocks in some spots, hikers need to report that they are using the trail. Advanced booking is recommended for hiring a guide to go with you.
  • Dangyo Falls
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    Shimane Pref. Okigunokinoshimachou Nagu
    This waterfall is located in the area of Dangyo Shrine in the island town of Oki. The 40 meter waterfalls, which drop from both sides of Dangyo Shrine standing on a cliff, were used for living water and agricultural water since long ago. Made up of Osudaki Falls (also known as Urami Falls, where you can see the back) and Mesudaki Falls, there is still the tradition of cleansing the body with water from the falls on the night before bullfighting tournaments and Oki Classical Sumo tournaments for long life, success in battle and to prevent fires. In addition, it has been chosen as one of Japan's top 100 waterfalls because of the abundant amount of water.
  • Kiyomizu-no-taki Waterfall
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    Saga Pref. Ogishi Ogimachimatsuo
    "Located around 25 minutes' drive from the Saga Yamato Interchange on the Nagasaki Expressway, Kiyomizu-no-taki Waterfall on the upper reaches of Kiyomizu River has been included in the list of ""100 Most Beautiful Rivers, Springs and Waterfalls in Japan."" The impressive sight of the 13 meter-wide stream of clear water crashing down from a height of 75 meters led to the waterfall being given the alternative name Tamasudare (""Beaded Screen""). Kiyomizu-no-taki Waterfall has since ancient times been associated with the worship of Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy, and Kiyomizu Kannon Hochi-in Temple located at the outlet of the waterfall's plunge pool is famous as a sacred spot for meditating by a waterfall. The area near the waterfall is known as the ""retreat"" of the city of Ogi, and has many restaurants serving carp dishes, which are a famous local specialty; in the summer months, many people visit the waterfall and the surrounding area to escape the oppressive summer heat. In the autumn, the autumn foliage gives the area near the waterfall a different but equally beautiful appearance."

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