Ryuzu Waterfall (Ryuzu-no-taki [龍頭の滝])

Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan

Rating: 1.5     Difficulty: 1
Ryuzu-no-taki

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INTRODUCTION

The Ryuzu Waterfall (Ryuzu-no-taki [龍頭の滝] or [竜頭ノ滝]; Ryuzu Falls; translated as "Dragon Headed Waterfall") didn't overwhelm us with neither its size nor volume, but it definitely had charm. During our visit, we saw some purplish wildflowers blooming around the falls so that added quite a bit of color to the scene.

In fact, we weren't the only ones charmed as we were surprised to see several other Japanese tourists toting big-time digital SLRs trying to get that colorful postcard shot (and we're talking both husbands and wives and not just male photo buffs we were used to seeing back at home).

I even remembered seeing some cascade flanked by these flowers on our Webshots screen saver where they composed it to look like some other cascade (and they didn't even bother to mention which falls it was). Well, now after having been here, we figured out it was from this waterfall for sure!. No wonder why this was one of the more popular waterfalls of the greater Nikko area.

There was a souvenir shop and cafe with a sheltered viewing area by the tables right in between the establishments. This was the primary viewing area of the falls as I didn't think there was any more walking paths to other parts of the Ryuzu-no-taki.

Thus, we probably spent a total of around 45 minutes or so here. And most of that time was spent composing photographs as opposed to physical exertion.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Ryuzu Waterfall was near Nikko, which featured UNESCO World Heritage attractions like the Rinnoji Temple pictured hereRyuzu Waterfall was near Nikko, which featured UNESCO World Heritage attractions like the Rinnoji Temple pictured here
The Toshogu Shrine was also in NikkoThe Toshogu Shrine (another UNESCO World Heritage landmark) was also in Nikko
On our way up towards Ryuzu-no-taki, we got this fleeting glimpse of Lake Chuzenji, which was also the lake that fed the impressive Kegon-no-taki WaterfallOn our way up towards Ryuzu-no-taki, we got this fleeting glimpse of Lake Chuzenji, which was also the lake that fed the impressive Kegon-no-taki Waterfall
Yep, we made it to the correct bus stop according to this signYep, we made it to the correct bus stop according to this sign

One of the smaller cascades we noticed between the nearest bus stop and the viewing deck for Ryuzu-no-takiOne of the smaller cascades we noticed between the nearest bus stop and the viewing deck for Ryuzu-no-taki

Now looking at the pair of waterfalls making up the Ryuzu-no-takiNow looking at the pair of waterfalls making up the Ryuzu-no-taki

Slightly different angled look at Ryuzu-no-taki as the viewing deck got a little crowdedSlightly different angled look at Ryuzu-no-taki as the viewing deck got a little crowded

Focused right on the taller cascade on the right hand side of Ryuzu-no-takiFocused right on the taller cascade on the right hand side of the falls

This was my Webshots recreation where we only focused on a specific part of Ryuzu-no-taki and made it seem like a larger cascadeThis was my Webshots recreation where we only focused on a specific part of Ryuzu-no-taki and made it seem like a larger cascade


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Brief look at the double-barreled falls with some wildflowers making an appearance


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

To get to the Ryuzu Waterfall by public transport, there's a dedicated bus stop between the Chuzenji Onsen (中禅寺温泉) stop and the Yu-daki stop (actually closer to the bottom than the top) so you have to abide by the less frequent (but still reasonably frequent) Yumoto Onsen (湯元温泉) schedule from Nikko (日光).

For logistics on getting to Nikko, see our Kegon-no-taki page. And for logistics on getting beyond the Chuzenji-ko bus stop, see our Yu-daki page.




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ITINERARIES

For more information about our itineraries involving this waterfall, check out the following links.




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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

For more information about our experiences with this waterfall, check out the following travel stories.




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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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