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

Daisetsuzan National Park, Hokkaido, Japan

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

Hiking Distance: 1-2km round trip
Suggested Time: 45 minutes

Date first visited: 2009-06-06
Date last visited: 2009-06-06

Waterfall Latitude: 43.6262
Waterfall Longitude: 142.78583

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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.

Daisetsuzan_083_06052009 - Looking back at the Tenninkyo Onsen complex near the car park and trailhead for Hagoromo Waterfall
Daisetsuzan_087_06052009 - Only 500m to the Hagoromo Waterfall
Daisetsuzan_088_06052009 - The forested and flat trail leading to the Angel's Robe Waterfall
Daisetsuzan_089_06052009 - The trail followed along the river in the Tenninkyo Gorge on its way to the Angel's Robe Falls
Daisetsuzan_092_06052009 - Man-modified waterfall in the main river
Daisetsuzan_096_06052009 - View of the Hagoromo Waterfall from the bridge
Daisetsuzan_099_06052009 - Picnic tables just on the other side of the bridge with still a view of part of the Hagoromo-no-taki
Daisetsuzan_125_06052009 - View of the Hagoromo Waterfall from the end of the spur trail to its lookout
Daisetsuzan_130_06052009 - Context of Julie checking out the Hagoromo-no-taki
Daisetsuzan_133_06052009 - Back on the main trail, Julie continued towards the Shikishima Waterfall
Daisetsuzan_136_06052009 - It didn't take long before we reached the closure keeping us from continuing to Shikishima Falls
Daisetsuzan_137_06052009 - Closeup of the bear sign - the very reason why it was closed
Daisetsuzan_146_06052009 - As we were walking along the Tenninkyo Gorge, we noticed these interesting basalt columns high up on the cliffs
Daisetsuzan_163_06052009 - As we were driving back towards Asahikawa, we got this nice view over a lake


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).

Bottom up sweep of the falls from the bridge

The view of the falls from the viewing platform

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Shikishima Waterfall (Shikishima-no-taki) October 1, 2009 2:18 pm by Dean Goss - You saw MUCH more water here than I did. Hagoromo is easily the Japanese waterfall I was most curious about prior to my visit to Japan. For what it's worth, I also found the trail to Shikishima-no-taki closed, but Yusemi, the wonderful man who showed us around merely shrugged and motioned us to come along.… ...Read More

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