Japan Waterfalls (Asia)



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INTRODUCTION

Japan Waterfalls are sprinkled throughout this mountainous country that sees plenty of snow and cold Winter days as well as hot and rainy Summer days. The rugged topography has resulted in many different kinds of waterfalls. That said, waterfalls seemed to be somewhat boutique attractions as they're not widely known outside of the country. Indeed, it's more known for temples, bustling modernized cities, sushi, anime, and other things not necessarily related to Nature. All this meant Julie and I were busy trying to find these waterfalls as well as mixing in the country's signature sights. The result is this page, which is still a work in progress.

Nevertheless, Julie and I have seen quite a few waterfalls in Japan, and in order to better organize what we have seen, we've divided up the country into the following subregions - Hokkaido, Northern Honshu, Central Honshu, and Western Japan.

The Hokkaido subregion pertains to the northernmost island, which just so happens to be the boundaries of the prefecture as well. It could very well be one of Japan's least developed parts of the country, which we experienced for ourselves in places like Shiretoko National Park. There were also mountains like Daisetsuzan, whose meltwaters were said to be so clean that a couple of famous Japanese beers are from here in Asahi and Sapporo. Among the waterfalls we've seen here were the side-by-side waterfalls of Ginga and Ryusei as well as the hot-water Kamuiwakka Waterfall.

The Northern Honshu subregion is pretty much all the prefectures directly north of Tokyo. Among them are the prefectures of Gunma, Niigata, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Fukushima, Yamagata, Miyagi, Iwate, Akita, and Aomori. Some of the waterfalling highlights in this subregion include the ones near the UNESCO World Heritage Nikko like Kegon-no-taki and the Akiu Otaki among others.

The Central Honshu subregion covers the prefectures stretching from the west of Tokyo all the way to the area directly north and east of Osaka. This covers the prefectures of Tokyo, Kanagawa, Shizuoka, Yamanashi, Nagano, Gifu, Aichi, Shiga, Fukui, Ishikawa, Toyama, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Mie, and Wakayama. Some of the notable waterfalls in this subregion include one by a sacred temple such as Nachi-no-taki and another fed by the melting snow in the Japan Alps like Shomyo-daki and Hannoki-no-taki. We also saw a percoalting wide curtain in Shiraito-no-taki on the western slopes of Mt Fuji.

Finally, the Western Japan subregion is pretty much all the prefectures directly to the west of Osaka. Since this comprises the remaining prefectures not covered by the above subregions, we're also including the islands of Kyushu and Shikoku though we don't have any waterfalls to show for our efforts so far in those islands. As for the main island of Honshu, the prefectures in this subregion include Hyogo, Okayama, Tottori, Shimane, Hiroshima, and Yamaguchi. Being the least populated and most off-the-beaten track regions of Japan, we have the least amount of waterfalls in this region amongst our survey of Japan. That said, some of the most notable falls in this region include Harafudo-no-taki and Tendaki among others.

Something that's worth mentioning is that the Japanese are very precise, and this is reflected in their public transportation system that's second to none. In fact, we've managed to see many of the waterfalls (as well as many of the non-waterfall sights) using their public transportation in an attempt to control cost (though the tremendous infrastructure also comes at a price). Therefore, for the waterfalls that we did visit by public transport, we're going to reflect our "driving" directions based on our public transport routes. For those waterfalls that we did self-drive to, then we'll describe the driving directions as usual. And we'll describe both if we did it both ways or even heavily studied and contemplated doing it one way or the other. In any case, considering that waterfalls are generally located in rural countrysides, the fact that we've used their mass transit system to visit most of the waterfalls without a car was quite an incredible statement to make!

Note: like the China page, we're also incorporating a combination of romaji (romanized Japanese) along with kanji (Japanese script that borrows heavily from traditional Chinese characters) and some other sound characters like Hiragana and Katakana. That's because often times you'll only have Japanese characters to deal with so you'll have to try to match up the characters if English is nowhere to be found (this happened to us quite often in Japan!). I also haven't learned Japanese so I can't provide any further aids on pronunciations and translations besides our ability to translate some Chinese characters in kanji as well as translations already in the literature.




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WATERFALL THUMBNAILS

To get a glimpse of what each waterfall looks like, check out the table below. Click on the waterfalls to read more about them.

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Hokkaido

Ginga and Ryusei Waterfalls 4 Ginga Waterfall (Ginga-no-taki [銀河の滝]) and Ryusei Waterfall (Ryusei-no-taki [流星の滝])
Daisetsuzan National Park, Hokkaido

Oshinkoshin Waterfall 3.5 Oshinkoshin Waterfall (Oshinkoshin-no-taki [オシンコシンの滝])
Shiretoko National Park, Hokkaido

Hagoromo Waterfall 3.5 Hagoromo Waterfall (Hagoromo-no-taki [羽衣の滝])
Daisetsuzan National Park, Hokkaido

Kamuiwakka Waterfall 2.5 Kamuiwakka Waterfall (Kamuiwakka-no-taki [カムイワッカの滝])
Shiretoko National Park, Hokkaido

Furepe Waterfall 1.5 Furepe Waterfall (Furepe-no-taki [フレペの滝])
Shiretoko National Park, Hokkaido

Kashuni Waterfall 2 Shiretoko Waterfalls
Shiretoko National Park, Hokkaido

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Northern Honshu

Kegon Waterfall 4 Kegon Waterfall (Kegon-no-taki [華厳の滝])
Nikko, Tochigi

Akiu Waterfall 3 Akiu Waterfall (Akiu Otaki [秋保大滝])
Sendai, Miyagi

Yu Waterfall 3 Yu Waterfall (Yu-daki [湯滝])
Nikko, Tochigi

Ryuzu Waterfall 1.5 Ryuzu Waterfall (Ryuzu-no-taki [龍頭の滝])
Nikko, Tochigi

Urami Waterfall 1.5 Urami Waterfall (Urami-no-taki [裏見の滝])
Nikko, Tochigi

Kirifuri Waterfall 2 Kirifuri Waterfall (Kirifuri-no-taki [霧降の滝])
Nikko, Tochigi

Kirifuri Waterfall 3.5 Fukuroda Waterfall (Fukuroda-no-taki [袋田の滝])
Daigo, Ibaraki

Jofu Waterfall 2 Jofu Waterfall (Jofu-no-taki [[常布の滝])
Kusatsu Onsen, Gunma

Naena Waterfall 3.5 Naena Waterfall (Naena-taki [苗名滝])
Myoko, Niigata

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Central Honshu

Nachi Waterfall 4 Nachi Waterfall (Nachi-no-taki [那智の滝])
Nachi / Kii-Katsuura, Wakayama

Shomyo and Hannoki Waterfalls 3.5 Shomyo Waterfall (Shomyo-daki [称名滝]) and Hannoki Waterfall (Hannoki-no-taki [榛の木の滝])
Tateyama, Toyama

Shiraito Waterfall 3.5 Shiraito Waterfall (Shiraito-no-taki [白糸の滝]) and Otodome Waterfall (Otodome-no-taki [音止めの滝])
Fujinomiya, Shizuoka

Bandokoro Waterfall 3 Bandokoro Waterfall (Bandokoro Otaki [番所大滝])
Norikura Highlands, Nagano

Joren Waterfall 2.5 Joren Waterfall (Joren-no-taki [浄蓮の滝])
Izu Peninsula, Shizuoka

Syasui Waterfall 3 Syasui Waterfall or Shasui Waterfall (Shasui-no-taki [洒水の滝])
Yamakita, Kanagawa

Shoji Waterfall 3.5 Shoji Waterfall (Shoji-ga-taki [精進ケ滝])
Minami Alps National Park, Yamanashi

Senga Waterfall 2.5 Senga Waterfall (Senga-taki [仙娥滝])
Kofu, Yamanashi

Sanbon Waterfall 2.5 Sanbon Waterfall (Sanbon-daki [三本滝])
Norikura Highlands, Nagano

Zengoro Waterfall 2.5 Zengoro Waterfall (Zengoro-no-taki [善五郎の滝])
Norikura Highlands, Nagano

Ryujin Waterfall 1 Ryujin Waterfall or "Dragon God Waterfall" (Ryujin-no-taki [竜神の滝])
Shirahone Onsen, Nagano

Hirayu Waterfall 4 Hirayu Waterfall (Hirayu Otaki [平湯大滝])
Takayama, Gifu

Amida Waterfall 3 Amida Waterfall (Amida-ga-taki [阿弥陀ヶ滝])
Gujo, Gifu

Yoro Waterfall 2.5 Yoro Waterfall (Yoro-no-taki [養老の滝])
near Nagoya, Gifu

Minoh Waterfall 2.5 Minoh Waterfall (Minoo-taki [箕面滝])
Mino Park, Osaka

Otonashi Waterfall 1 Otonashi Waterfall or "Soundless Waterfall" (Otonashi-no-taki [音無の滝])
Ohara, Kyoto

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Western Japan

Nunobiki Waterfall 2 Nunobiki Waterfall (Nunobiki-no-taki [布引の滝])
Kobe, Hyogo

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Tendaki Waterfall 3 Tendaki Waterfall (Tendaki [天滝])
Yabu, Hyogo

Saruo Waterfall 2.5 Saruo Waterfall (Saruo-daki [猿尾滝])
Kami, Hyogo

Amedaki Waterfall 3 Amedaki Waterfall (Amedaki [雨滝]) and Nunobiki Waterfall (Nunobiki-no-taki [布引の滝])
Kurayoshi, Tottori




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