Hagoromo Waterfall (Hagoromo-no-taki [羽衣の滝])

Daisetsuzan National Park, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan

Rating: 3.5     Difficulty: 2
Hagoromo Waterfall

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INTRODUCTION

The Hagoromo Waterfall (Hagoromo-no-taki [羽衣の滝]; Hagoromo Falls or "Angel's Robe Falls") sat on the western side of Daisetsuzan National Park in the Tenninkyo Gorge. This one was said to drop some 270m in multiple steps comprised of sheets of water giving it the appearance of an angel's robe as the kanji translation seemed to suggest. Aside from the multitude of man-modified waterfalls scattered around this falls, there was also another natural one nearby called the Shikishima Waterfall. Unfortunately, bear activity closed the trail to that one, and with strong discouragement from Julie, we opted not to hop the barricade and proceed further thereby preventing us from seeing it.

From the onsen complex by Tenninkyo, we followed a very well-developed 600m path alongside a river with a few man-modified waterfalls on it. We then made it to a bridge spanning a tributary stream just downstream from the Hagoromo-no-taki. We noticed some signage and a few picnic tables in the area, which suggested to us that it would've been a pretty nice place for a picnic.

However, we weren't satisfied with this view so we took a spur trail that left the main trail before the bridge. The trail then followed alongside the smaller tributary, which then went up some stairs. Once we got to the top of the stairs, we found ourselves at a viewing platform at the spur trail's end giving us a more direct view of the Hagoromo Waterfall.

It took us about 45 minutes round trip to do this excursion, which was pleasantly quiet and naturesque. The walk was mostly flat alongside the river with the lone exception being the stairs to the upper overlook.

Shortly after the main trail continued beyond the bridge spanning the waterfall's tributary stream, we were then stopped by a signed barricade indicating the trail was closed due to bear activity. Even though the Shikishima Waterfall was barely 300m from where we were at, we opted not to chance it.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

This was a lake that we saw while driving into the Tenninkyo Gorge area of Daisetsuzan National Park and the Hagoromo WaterfallThis was a lake that we saw while driving into the Tenninkyo Gorge area of Daisetsuzan National Park and the Hagoromo Waterfall
We based ourselves for our first couple of nights in Hokkaido in Asahikawa. The busy scene at the pedestrian street in the city's downtown made our stay enjoyableWe based ourselves for our first couple of nights in Hokkaido in Asahikawa. The busy scene at the pedestrian street in the city's downtown made our stay enjoyable
Looking towards the mountains of Daisetsuzan from our hotel room in AsahikawaLooking towards the mountains of Daisetsuzan from our hotel room in Asahikawa
Within an hour's drive southwest of Asahikawa was the main city of Sapporo, which had lots of things to see and do including Ramen AlleyWithin an hour's drive southwest of Asahikawa was the main city of Sapporo, which had lots of things to see and do including Ramen Alley
Looking back at the Tenninkyo Onsen complex near the car park and trailhead for Hagoromo WaterfallLooking back at the Tenninkyo Onsen complex near the car park and trailhead for the Hagoromo Waterfall

Only 500m to the Hagoromo WaterfallOnly 500m to the waterfall. Notice the second character also meant clothes in Chinese, which was why we were able to guess the meaning of this sign

The forested and flat trail leading to the Angel's Robe WaterfallThe forested and flat trail leading to the Angel's Robe Waterfall

The trail followed along the river in the Tenninkyo Gorge on its way to the Angel's Robe FallsThe trail followed along the river in the Tenninkyo Gorge on its way to the Angel's Robe Falls

Man-modified waterfall in the main riverMan-modified waterfall in the main river

View of the Hagoromo Waterfall from the bridgeView of the Hagoromo Waterfall from the bridge

Picnic tables just on the other side of the bridge with still a view of part of the Hagoromo-no-takiPicnic tables just on the other side of the bridge with still a view of part of the Hagoromo-no-taki

View of the Hagoromo Waterfall from the end of the spur trail to its lookoutView of the falls from the end of the spur trail to its lookout

Context of Julie checking out the Hagoromo-no-takiContext of Julie checking out the Hagoromo-no-taki

Back on the main trail, Julie continued towards the Shikishima WaterfallBack on the main trail, Julie continued towards the Shikishima Waterfall

It didn't take long before we reached the closure keeping us from continuing to Shikishima FallsIt didn't take long before we reached the closure keeping us from continuing to Shikishima Falls

Closeup of the bear sign - the very reason why it was closedCloseup of the bear sign - the very reason why it was closed

As we were walking along the Tenninkyo Gorge, we noticed these interesting basalt columns high up on the cliffsAs we were walking along the Tenninkyo Gorge, we noticed these interesting basalt columns high up on the cliffs

As we were driving back towards Asahikawa, we got this nice view over a lakeAs we were driving back towards Asahikawa, we got this nice view over a lake


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Bottom up sweep of the falls from the bridge


The view of the falls from the viewing platform


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

It's about a 30- to 45-minute drive from Asahikawa to the car park at the onsen complex by Tenninkyo. I believe we took the 1160 then the 213 to go the roughly 42km to get here.

For geographical context, Asahikawa was 137km (2 hours by car or 2 hours by train) northeast of Sapporo. Sapporo was about 9.5 hours by train or 90 minutes by flight from Tokyo. It was also possible to fly to Sapporo from Osaka (under 2 hours) or Kobe (2 hours; this was how we did it on our trip).




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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