Waterfalls of Japan

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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 from the percolating wide curtain of Shiraito-no-taki to majestic ones like Kegon-no-taki.

Given the history and Buddhism influence, there are also waterfalls by sacred temples such as Nachi-no-taki and others fed by the melting snow in the Japan Alps like Shomyo-daki and Hannoki-no-taki. And if that wasn't enough, there are places in the country where Nature has been allowed to thrive such as Daisetsuzan National Park as well as Shiretoko National Park. And in these parks, you can find waterfalls plunging down steep forested gorges like Ginga-no-taki and Ryusei-no-taki as well as a rotemburo (a hot spring waterfall) like Kamuiwakka-no-taki.

In a land of mysterious geishas, skilled samurais, onsens (spas), modern cities, discipline and efficiency in work ethic, a disarmingly humble and charming culture, and a public transportation system that's second to none, this country is quite unlike any other place that Julie and I have been to.

Speaking of public transportation, we'll describe many of the falls here from the standpoint of taking public transport since that's what we did to control cost (though the tremendous infrastructure comes at a price as well). In fact, it's possible to visit the majority of sights as well as many of the waterfalls without the need for a car or taxi (with Hokkaido and some remote parts of Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku being the exception)! Considering that waterfalls are generally located in rural countrysides, that is 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). That's because often times you'll only have kanji to deal with so you'll have to try to match up the characters if English is nowhere to be found (this happens quite often in Japan!). I also haven't really learned Japanese yet 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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Nachi Waterfall

4 Nachi Waterfall (Nachi-no-taki [那智の滝])

Nachi / Kii-Katsuura, Wakayama
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
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
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
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
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
Nunobiki Waterfall

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

Kobe, Hyogo
Kamuiwakka Waterfall

2.5 Kamuiwakka Waterfall (Kamuiwakka-no-taki [カムイワッカの滝])

Shiretoko National Park, Hokkaido
Bandokoro Waterfall

3 Bandokoro Waterfall (Bandokoro Otaki [番所大滝])

Norikura Highlands, Nagano
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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