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  • Ryumon Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Pref. Nasukarasuyamashi Taki
    This waterfall is in Taki, Nasukarasuyama City. Located on the Egawa River, it is about 20-meter-high and 65-meter-wide. The surrounding area has walkways that let you view the falls from up close. Since Japan Railways' Karasuyama Line runs nearby, it's known as a photo spot where you can take pictures of the trains and the falls at the same time. The falls are illuminated on summer evenings.
  • Marugami Falls
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibugunoganomachi Ryoukamikomori
    This 76-meter three-tiered waterfall is at the foot of Mt. Ryogami. There is a parking lot and a path to a lookout with a view of the falls on Prefectural Route 367 on the way to the Ryogami-Sanroku Campground. It's the only cascade in Saitama Prefecture that's counted among the 100 Elections of the Waterfall in Japan. Its beautiful color is due to its relatively small volume of quietly flowing water. The area hasn't been heavily affected by tourism development, so the natural surroundings are relatively untouched. It's a great spot for hiking, particularly in the fall when the foliage changes color.
  • Uogataki Waterfall
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    Hyougo Pref. Asagoshi Ikunochoukoujikuno Uogataki
    This waterfall is located in the Kurokawa Valley. It is named Uogataki (fish falls) because the rocks between the two waterfalls look like fish climbing the falls. The Japanese giant salamander inhabits the area. It is a popular spot where lots of families enjoy swimming in the river and dive into the waterfall basin from a height of about three meters. You can also barbecue here, making it somewhere you can enjoy the scenery in each season.
  • Kumagoe Falls
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    Hokkaido Menashigunrausuchou National forest 230 Forest team
    Kumagoe Waterfall got its name from the time when a bear was seen going through the waterfall. With a drop of about 15 meters and a large flow rate, this is quite a well known and powerful waterfall. Nearby is an area from where you can see the waterfall, and from here deep in the forest you can get up close to the spray as the water crashes down. The best season to go has got to be in the fall when the leaves are changing color.
  • Oshinkoshin Waterfall
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    Shorisato-cho Shari-cho, Hokkaido Utorishi
    One of the “Eight Scenic Wonders of Shiretoko, the Oshinkoshin Waterfall has also been selected as one of Japan’s 100 most beautiful waterfalls. The great Waterfall is 30 meters wide and 80 meters high, and the water comes crashing down with staggering force; it is also known as the “Waterfall of the Twin Beauties” because the flow is split in two halfway down. The observation platform at the top of the Waterfall offers excellent views of the mountains of the Shiretoko Peninsula and of the Sea of Okhotsk, which in the winter season of drifting sea ice appears as a magical white plain. The bus service to the Oshinkoshin Waterfall has only a limited number of departure times, so it is advisable to check the details before your trip.
  • Shirahige Waterfall
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Kamikawagumbieichou Shirogane
    This is an extremely beautiful waterfall, with a blue-tinted stream that wells up from an underground water source crashing over the falls and sending up a white spray. In early summer, the waterfall makes a wonderful contrast with the surrounding greenery, while in winter the whole area is covered in snow; this has made the Shirahige Waterfall a popular place to take photos. The illuminations during the winter months are a must-see.
  • Seseki Waterfall
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    Hokkaido Menashigunrausuchou Seseki
    The Seseki Waterfall can be seen on the left as you drive north along Hokkaido Prefectural Highway 87 from Rausu City towards Seseki. Set amidst Yezo Spruce trees and Sakhalin Fir trees, the spray sent up from the waterfall as it comes crashing down from a height of 30 meters is a very impressive sight.
  • Furepe Waterfall
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Sharigunsharichou Onnebetsumura
    A waterfall which falls into the Sea of Okhotsk off of a cliff on the east side of Cape Puyuni on the Shiretoko Peninsula. Furepe's source is underground water which seeps out of the bare rock of a cliff face 100 meters above the ocean. Due to the low amount of water and the gentle, drizzling nature of the falls, it is also nicknamed the Maiden's Tears. Considered one of the eight most beautiful sights in the Shiretoko area, it has also been registered as part of the Shiretoko World Natural Heritage Site. A one kilometer long walking trail leads from the Shiretoko National Park Nature Center to the Furepe Waterfall observatory.
  • Waterfall of Koga
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    Kumamoto Pref. Asoshi Ichinomiyamachisakanashi Old-fashioned
    This is a waterfall consisting of a larger waterfall with a head of 80 meters and a smaller waterfall with a head of 100 meters. The water volume is low, and its frozen form in cold seasons is beautiful to behold, as are the Saturday night illuminations held in winter.
  • Manai Waterfalls
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyazaki Pref. Nishiusukiguntakachihochou Mitai
    The Manai Waterfalls are a symbol of Takachiho Gorge and have been chosen as one of Japan’s top 100 waterfalls. The highlight is the sight of the white sheets of spray rising and falling gently as they flow down from pillar joints of the cliff. After renting a boat and going near to the falls for a closer look, they become even more impressive. In the summer there is a limited time illumination, where one can enjoy some magnificent scenery.
  • Goto Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukuoka Pref. Kasuyagunsasagurimachi Kanaide 3244-9
    The Goto Falls located upstream of the Narufuchigawa River is said to have gotten its name from the sight of its waters flowing down vigorously over the five-stepped rock formation, making it look like a five-story pagoda. Located in Goto-no-taki Kannon-do Temple, Number 70 of the 88 Sasaguri Shikoku sacred places, with great access from the parking lot. It is said to be particularly beautiful, even among the Sasaguri Yabakei Valley.
  • Karan Falls
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    Fukuoka prefecture Fukuoka city Sawaji ward
    Karan Falls was so named either because of the legend that an ascetic practitioner named Karan who trained at the falls, or perhaps because the falling water has the beauty of dancing petals. Looking on as the clear water plunges heavily into the deep green, it is beautiful enough to stir the soul. Note that the pathway leading up to the waterfall is quite narrow.
  • Shiraito Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunnishiharamura Kawahara
    Shiraito Falls, where water drops in a single stream from 20 meters high, is so named as the flow looks like a white thread, or “shiraito.” The beautiful, clear water has been selected as one of Kumamoto Prefecture’s top 100 waters of the Heisei era.  In the summer season illuminations are held until 10pm, and at the nearby Shiraito Falls Exchange Center one can enjoy somen nagashi (flowing somen).
  • Kiyomizu-dera Temple Otowa Waterfall
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Kiyomizu 1-chome 294
    This waterfall is located in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto at the foot of Kiyomizu-dera Temple's stone steps, known as Kiyomizu Stage. Groundwater coming down from Mt. Otowa falls into the waterfall basin through three bamboo pipes, and is said to bring longevity, success in love, and academic improvement. In addition, you can use a ladle to drink the water from the waterfall. It is a power spot that many people come to visit.
  • Kanabiki Waterfall
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Miyadushi Takiba
    This approx. 40-meter high waterfall is located in Miyazu City, Kyoto Prefecture. This waterfall, including the downstream Hakuryu and Garyu, are together called Kanabiki Waterfall. Although crowded in the busy summer season, because the flow of water is stable throughout the year, you can come and see it with the changing scenery of the four seasons. In addition, it has been chosen as one of the Top 100 Waterfalls in Japan.
  • Hiji Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunkunigamison Hiji 781-1
    In Kunigami Village in the northern part of Okinawa’s main island is a 26-meter-tall waterfall, the biggest in the prefecture. The sight of the white splashing water will make you think of a subtropical oasis. There’s a walkway leading to the waterfall, and it takes approximately 40 minutes to reach it. The walkway features many steep slopes owing to the wooden staircases and bridges, so watch your step. Many precious plants flourish around the waterfall, and you may spot wildlife such as shrimps, crabs, and gobies.
  • 48 Waterfalls of Takihata
    Travel / Tourism
    Osaka Kawachinaganoshi Takihata
    They are about 15 minutes on foot from the last stop of the Nankai Bus going to Takihata Dam. In the ravine around Takihata, there are many steep rock surfaces, and the water flowing from Mt. Iwawaki and Mt. Minami Katsuragi become waterfalls. These waterfalls are collectively called the 48 Waterfalls of Takihata. In addition, it is also a scenic spot well known as a secret area since the natural environment is preserved and has not been altered by people. Kotaki, located in the upper reaches of Konanji Temple, is the largest, and the area is a popular outdoor spot because there is also a camping ground nearby. Takihata Dam is downstream, and together the site has been chosen as one of Osaka's top 100 green landscapes.
  • Yonako Great Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Suzakashi Yonako town
    Selected as one of Japan’s 100 waterfalls, Yonago Great Falls is the name given to the Fudotaki and Gongentaki falls that originate in Yonago River and pass over the cliff of Mt. Azumaya. Both are impressive 80-meter-high falls. There is a 90-minute walking course enhanced by the sight of alpine plants and greenery in the summer and changing leaves in the autumn.
  • Bandokoro Great Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Adumi Norikura Kogen
    A famous waterfall located on the 1,248 meter high Norikura Highland. Situated along the Ko'ono River, the falls are 15 meters wide and 40 meters tall. Together with Zengoro Falls and Sanbon Falls, Bandokoro Great Falls is considered one of the three best waterfalls in the Norikura area. From the nearby viewing platform, you can get an excellent view of the waters rushing by and experience their thunderous roar.
  • Yoro Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    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).

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