Aside from being an energetic city, Japan has a greener and serene side. When you are a nature lover, you will never be disappointed in Japan. Japan can sweep you away to epic dives, rewarding hikes and unique explorations.
Speaking of unique explorations, rewarding hikes and epic dives, a hint comes to mind — waterfalls! Japan has marvelous waterfalls hidden in its wild forests. Some of these waterfalls are considered to be sacred spots and are said to be inhabited by the Gods. Through the ages, waterfalls have not only inspired the Japanese, in the forms of poems, paintings and pilgrims, but have also given rise to myths and legends.
Taki (Japanese for waterfalls) are among one of the most beautiful natural creations you can witness in Japan. Exploring through the waterfalls gives one calmness within the soul and peace of mind.
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Here are some of the best waterfalls to visit when in Japan:
The best place to find yourself is by sitting along a waterfall and listening to it’s magical sound. The Senga Falls has a height of 31 meters, where the water tumbles between big high rocks creating a mist in the surrounding trees. One great thing about the Senga Falls is that it is easily accessible. It’s quite a hike from the lower part of the Arakawa river which the falls are part of up to the Japanese waterfalls itself, it’s around 2.5 miles. But once you’re up there, on a clear day, you can be rewarded with the view of Mount Fuji.
Location: Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture
Nachi Falls is the tallest waterfall in Japan at a height of 133 meters. Nachi Falls is an important Shinto shrine or also known as one of the main destinations of the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage. An existing way before the Buddhist temple appeared Nachi-taisha is an ancient spot. Nachi Falls was an original religious site in the area for Japan’s pre-shinto belief system and you can see why because it still garners spiritual feelings when visiting and has numerous festivals and rituals related to it. The beauty of a waterfall is not only viewed by the eyes, but with our heart and spirit.
Located: Nachikatsuura, Wakayama Prefecture
Cost: ¥300 to access viewing platform. Open from 7:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Nature never really goes out of style. Shiraito Falls is settled in the southern foothills of Japan’s tallest mountain, it is fed by the springwater of Mount Fuji and long part of the Asama shrine due to the cult that was associated with the mountain. Gushing like a curtain off the edge of a 20-meter-high cliff, the height may not be as impressive as others but the 150-meter-long width of these impressive falls lives up to its name: “Shiraito” means “White Threads,” and the falls does have the impression of many threads of silk.
Location: Fujinomiya, Shizuoka
Kegon falls is truly a must see and a must go if you are within the area, it is ranked up as one of Japan’s three most spectacular waterfall. As of 1927, it is also one of Japan’s “Eight Views” owing to its stunning natural beauty. Popularly during the fall season isone of the best season to take a trip to the Japanese waterfall especially when the surrounding trees are boosting with the color of burnt amber and reds. However during the winter season, the falls are amazingly impressive because they are frozen in a near solid state look.
Location: Nikko, Tochigi
Cost: ¥570 to access the viewing platform
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