Amedaki Waterfall (Amedaki [雨滝]) and Nunobiki Waterfall (Nunobiki-no-taki [布引の滝])

Kurayoshi / Tottori City, Tottori, Japan

About Amedaki Waterfall (Amedaki [雨滝]) and Nunobiki Waterfall (Nunobiki-no-taki [布引の滝])


Hiking Distance: 800m round trip
Suggested Time: 30-45 minutes

Date first visited: 2016-10-24
Date last visited: 2016-10-24

Waterfall Latitude: 35.47822
Waterfall Longitude: 134.40457

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The Amedaki Waterfall (Amedaki [雨滝]; also called Amedaki Falls) was one of our easier visits to a waterfall in Japan.

It was where the Fukuro River (Fukurogawa) dropped some 40m over a columnar basalt cliff.

Amedaki_040_10232016 - The Amedaki Waterfall
The Amedaki Waterfall

We were able to see evidence of the signature basalt columns adjacent to the falls attesting to its formation.

The Rain Falls and the Cloth Falls

Translating the kanji into Chinese, we gleaned that the direct translation of the waterfall’s name was the “Rain Falls”.

Perhaps because the falls was only at an elevation of 500m, the nearby Mt Ooginosen may be a major rain catchment and source of the watercourse (as well as the basalt lava) responsible for the Amedaki Falls.

During our visit, the falls had pretty full flow as it was probably helped by the rainy day that we had experienced the day before our visit here.

Amedaki_070_10232016 - Looking back towards the Amedaki Waterfall in context with a footbridge over the Fukurogawa River
Looking back towards the Amedaki Waterfall in context with a footbridge over the Fukurogawa River

Adding further legitimacy to this falls was that it was gazetted as one of Japan’s Top 100 Waterfalls by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment.

In addition to the Amedaki Falls, we also experienced the Nunobiki Waterfall (Nunobiki-no-taki [布引の滝]; or just Nunobiki Falls), which was located just a little over 100m further downstream.

Sometimes I’ve seen this falls called the Amedaki-Nunobiki Falls to distinguish it from the Nunobiki Falls in Kobe.

Contrasting the Amedaki Falls, Nunobiki Falls took on a more slender and graceful shape.

It was said that its waterflow wouldn’t change regardless of heavy rain or lack of rain.

Amedaki_029_10232016 - The Nunobiki Waterfall
The Nunobiki Waterfall

That was because its stream was sourced almost exclusively by groundwater on the sloping mountainside.

Translating the kanji into Chinese, we gleaned that the waterfall’s name had something to do with cloth.

Perhaps, this suggested that the shape of the falls reminded someone of a dress or a long piece of cloth.

Anyways, an interpretive sign here associated the larger Amedaki Falls as being masculine while this waterfall was characterized as being feminine.

We’ll leave it up to you how to interpret this association.

Experiencing the Amedaki Falls and the Nunobiki Falls

Amedaki_010_10232016 - Obstructed view of the Amedaki Waterfall from the end of the path on the right side of the fork, which I'd imagine was the wheelchair-accessible view
Obstructed view of the Amedaki Waterfall from the end of the path on the right side of the fork, which I’d imagine was the wheelchair-accessible view

Our visit to both of the Amedaki Falls and the Nunobiki Falls started from a car park right at the end of the Amedaki Road (see directions below).

We walked about 100m to a fork where we initially kept right and got to an obstructed view of the Amedaki Falls.

So we came back to the fork then went down the steps past a restroom building before getting to the bottom of the descent.

Once we got down there, we were face-to-face with the graceful Nunobiki Waterfall fronted by the Fukurogawa as well as some picnic tables.

Amedaki_019_10232016 - Heading down the path to both the Amedaki and Nunobiki Falls
Heading down the path to both the Amedaki and Nunobiki Falls

After getting our fill of this falls, we then continued walking gently uphill about 150m along the main trail passing by a cascade behind a bridge.

Nearby this bridge was a shelter showing what I believe to be pictures exhibiting the San’in Kaigan Geopark highlights.

Soon thereafter, we continued on the main trail where we were at a bridge as well as a small stone figurine fronting the impressive Amedaki Waterfall.

The trail continued past the bridge and climbed up a slippery and muddy path, but we chose not to go further as the conditions were a bit on the treacherous side.

Amedaki_034_10232016 - Some kind of subtle statuettes and shrine-like worshipping things that we noticed in front of the Amedaki Waterfall
Some kind of subtle statuettes and shrine-like worshipping things that we noticed in front of the Amedaki Waterfall

After all, we still had a long drive ahead of us towards Osaka.

So after taking our time enjoying both the Amedaki and Nunobiki Waterfalls, we then got back to the car spending about an hour away from it.

But given the short walking distances, we’d imagine one could easily experience this place in as little as 15-30 minutes.

Amedaki Falls and the San’in Kaigan Geopark

By the way, the Amedaki Waterfall was part of the San’in Kaigan Geopark, which probably explained why the shelter had interpretive signs highlighting other such geoparks in Japan.

Amedaki_082_10232016 - The Looking back at the shelter exhibiting the San'in Kaigan Geopark highlights along the short walk to the Amedaki Waterfall
The Looking back at the shelter exhibiting the San’in Kaigan Geopark highlights along the short walk to the Amedaki Waterfall

Apparently, the focus of these parks was to showcase geological features and landmarks that were derived from the formation of the Sea of Japan.

I guess, much of the natural features along the Northern Coast of Japan, especially in the Tottori Prefecture owed their existence to such geological events.

And I’m guessing that the formation of these geoparks might have been a way to generate some tourism traffic to these relatively overlooked places (at least as far as the main island of Honshu was concerned).

Finally, I also wanted to mention that there was some interesting signage accompanying the San’in Kaigan Geopark signage at the trailhead for this waterfall.

Amedaki_099_10232016 - Context of an attractive cascade tumbling besides the shelter exhibiting the San'in Kaigan Geopark highlights
Context of an attractive cascade tumbling besides the shelter exhibiting the San’in Kaigan Geopark highlights

It concerned a sign containing kanji writing (that we can somewhat translate into Chinese) right above the geopark sign saying something like “中国白然歩道” meaning “China White Nature Trail”.

We took this to mean that this must be some Chinese sign or Chinese trail, which was very surprising and unusual, to say the least.

Then again, we could have mistook the meaning or intent of this sign, but we’re quite curious as to why this sign was here in the first place.

If anyone can explain why, please let us know!

Authorities

The Amedaki and Nunobiki Waterfalls reside in the city and prefecture of Tottori, Japan. It is administered by the Tottori Prefectural Government and the San’in Kaigan Geopark. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you can try visiting the San’in Kaigan Geopark website.

Amedaki_003_10232016 - Looking back towards some souvenir shop or something near the car park where we stopped the car to pursue the Amedaki Waterfall
Amedaki_007_10232016 - The signposted fork where keeping right led to a partial viewpoint of the Amedaki Waterfall while going left down the steps would lead down to both the Nunobiki Falls and Amedaki Falls
Amedaki_021_10232016 - Dad and Mom making it to the bottom of the descent where we got to first experience the Nunobiki Waterfall and then later the Amedaki Waterfall
Amedaki_026_10232016 - Once we were at the bottom of the descent, we got this view of the Nunobiki Waterfall
Amedaki_112_10232016 - Picnic tables fronting the base of Nunobiki Falls
Amedaki_037_10232016 - Looking straight up towards the impressive Amedaki Falls
Amedaki_050_10232016 - Context of Mom checking out the Amedaki Falls
Amedaki_054_10232016 - Another contextual view of Mom checking out the Amedaki Waterfall
Amedaki_059_10232016 - View of Amedaki Waterfall as seen from the bridge over the Fukurogawa River
Amedaki_067_10232016 - The cliffs around Amedaki Falls exhibited evidence of the basalt layer that gave rise to the waterfall
Amedaki_076_10232016 - Dad heading back in the direction of the Amedaki Car Park after having had his fill of the waterfall
Amedaki_085_10232016 - Looking back at the trail leading us closer to the Amedaki Waterfall as seen from the geopark shelter
Amedaki_105_10232016 - Last look at the attractive cascade next to the geopark shelter before climbing back up to the Amedaki car park

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Driving to the Amedaki Waterfall was thankfully pretty easy for us as there was already signage pointing the way to the falls right from the city of Tottori!

So in following the signs, we wound up pretty much finding our way to the Route 323 going south.

Then, we headed east onto Route 31.

Amedaki_002_10232016 - The nearest parking spaces for the walk leading to the Amedaki Waterfall
The nearest parking spaces for the walk leading to the Amedaki Waterfall

We’d follow the Route 31 for about 20km towards the end of the Amedaki Road, which was where we reached the nearest car park.

Overall, this drive only took us about 30 minutes.

To give you some geographical context, the city of Tottori was 131km (2 hours drive) north of Himeji, 173km (2.5 hours drive) northwest of Kobe, 189km (about 3 hours drive) northwest of Osaka, and 216km (over 3 hours drive) west-northwest of Kyoto.

Starting off with checking out Nunobiki Falls before walking over to Amedaki Falls and checking it out from a few different spots

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