Waterfall Spots in Nagano Area

  • Shiraito Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Naena Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Nigata Pref. Myoukoushi Suginosawa
    The Naena Falls, chosen as one of Japan’s Top 100 Falls, is a waterfall with a 55m drop along Sekigawa River and the borders of Nagao prefecture. The two most recommended seasons are spring, just when the snow starts to melt, and mid-October, with autumnal leaves. It is also referred to as “Earthquake Falls” since the earth rumbles as the amount of water increases in spring. You can reach the falls in about 15 minutes by following the promenade.
  • Karasawa Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Uedashi Sugadairakougen 1223
    Located a five-minute walk away from the Haneo or Besso Iriguchi bus stops or a 25-minute drive from the Ueda Sugadaira Interchange, Karasawa Falls is at the entrance to the Sugadaira Highland, which stretches for 1300 square kilometers in the foothills of Mount Nekodake and Mount Azumaya. The falls are 15 meters high and 10 meters wide, and after a heavy rainfall or other times when the volume of water is high, the falls look like a white curtain. It is attractive for the varying beauty that it exhibits in all seasons: lush greenery in early summer, colorful leaves in the fall. Nearby is Iwakage Iseki, an archeological site from the prehistoric Jomon period.
  • Ryugaeshi Falls (Suzuga Falls)
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Kitasaku-gun Karuizawamachi
  • Senga Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Kitasaku-gun Karuizawamachi
  • Shin Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Kiso-gun Otakimura
  • Ono Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Kiso-gun Agematsumachi
  • Odaki-Medaki Waterfalls (Male & Female Waterfalls)
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Kiso-gun Nagisomachi Azuma
  • Onoshima Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Kiso-gun Kisomachi
  • Komorebi Falls & Fueki Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Kiso-gun Kisomachi Mitake
  • 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.
  • Sanbon Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Adumi Suzuran
    Sanbon Falls in Norikura Plateau has been designated one of Japan’s 100 most beautiful waterfalls, and is one of Nagano Prefecture’s Places of Scenic Beauty. Water from three different falls flow together and cascades down to the ground. There’s a fall with a dynamic current, a fall that looks as if it’s stroking the bare rock as it falls—each fall has its own unique appeal. Each season has its own appeal as well, with the fresh greenery of summer and changing colors of fall offering enchanting sights indeed.
  • Zengoro Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Adumi Norikura Kogen
    This 21.5-meter tall, eight-meter wide waterfall sits at an altitude of 1,525 meters in the Norikura Highland. It is one of the three major waterfalls of Norikura along with Sanbon Falls and Bandokoro Falls. It is said to be named after a lumberjack named Zengoro who was pulled into the waterfall basin by a large char. You can get quite close the basin, but it’s very slippery, so exercise caution.
  • Kaminaridaki Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Kamitakaiguntakayamamura Okuyamada
    "A waterfall situated along Prefectural Route 66 in Ogikubo, Takayama Village, Kamitakai County. 30 meters tall, the waterfall is notable for its hearty roar and spray. The falls are also known as the ""Rearview Waterfall"" because there is a path which lets visitors walk behind it."
  • Otome Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Chinoshi Kitayama Tateshina 5513
    A waterfall situated along Yokoya Gorge in Chino City, Nagano Prefecture. A walking path provides access and visitors can get an up-close view of the falls' gushing waters. There are other falls nearby such as the Oshidori Kakushi Falls and O Falls and the area is visited by large numbers of tourists particularly during the fresh verdure of spring and the fall foliage of autumn. The Yokoya Onsen hot spring district is located nearby.
  • YonakOdaibakufu
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Suzakashi Yonako
  • Kitanomataotaki
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    Nagano Pref. Suzakashi Yonako
  • Maekawa Hontani Otaki
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Matsumoto-shi Azumi
  • Hariki no Taki
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Shimoina-gun Oshikamura Okawara
  • Fudotaki
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Shimoina-gun Takamorimachi Ojimasan

Nagano Areas

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Nagano prefecture is an exciting mix of mountains, hot spring monkeys, and preserved Edo history. At the heart of the Japanese Alps, Nagano is one of the country’s most popular destinations, whether in winter for its snow sports and the much-loved Jigokudani Monkey Park or in the warmer months for discovering the undulating hills on foot. For fantastic Edo architecture, head to the Kiso Valley for a 60-kilometer stretch of quaint wooden buildings that marked the Nakasendo route 200 years ago.

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