Syasui Waterfall or Shasui Waterfall (Shasui-no-taki [洒水の滝])

Yamakita / Ashigarakama District / Gotemba / Odawara, Kanagawa, Japan

About Syasui Waterfall or Shasui Waterfall (Shasui-no-taki [洒水の滝])


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

Date first visited: 2016-10-17
Date last visited: 2016-10-17

Waterfall Latitude: 35.35197
Waterfall Longitude: 139.06247

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The Syasui Waterfall (Shasui-no-taki [洒水の滝]; also called Shasui Waterfall or just Syasui Falls or Shasui Falls or Sensui Falls) was a very tall and slender waterfall that seemed to have a bit of a spiritual air to our visit here.

Perhaps the reason why we thought this was that our visit included a pair of interesting shrines.

Syasui_Falls_048_10162016 - Syasui Waterfall or Shasui Waterfall
Syasui Waterfall or Shasui Waterfall

There was even one moment where some kind of music was suddenly playing the moment we got near the larger of the two temples or shrines nearby the waterfall.

Corroborating the spiritual feel of this place was literature stating that the monk Mongaku apparently spent 100 days at this waterfall.

During that time, he strictly meditated and really put himself through a lot of depravity to repent some sin he committed.

That said, perhaps that monk was more famously depicted in a well-known piece of art doing penance until nearly freezing to death at the Nachi Waterfall.

Syasui_Falls_079_10162016 - The larger of the two shrines at the Syasui Waterfall (or Shasui Waterfall)
The larger of the two shrines at the Syasui Waterfall (or Shasui Waterfall)

Apparently, the deity of compassion Fudo Myoo lifted the monk the moment just before he was about to expire.

According to the kanji characters directly translated in to Chinese, we took the meaning of the name of the falls to be the “Wine Falls”.

We weren’t sure why or how the falls got this name, but there was a fountain here where my parents took a sip from the running spring and thought that the water had a bit of a sweet taste to it.

Could that be the reason why it might be associated with wine?

Experiencing the Syasui Waterfall

Our visit to the Syasui Falls was pretty short and straightforward.

Syasui_Falls_008_10162016 - Mom and Dad walking past some accommodations towards the Syasui Waterfall (or Shasui Waterfall)
Mom and Dad walking past some accommodations towards the Syasui Waterfall (or Shasui Waterfall)

We took a well-developed path from one of the car parks (see directions below) then passed between a handful of accommodations before passing by some steep stairs and ramps to our left.

The path passed by a picnic area before going onto a more narrower and still paved path.

Along the way, there was a short spur path going up some steps to a photo stop where we were able to get a contextual look at the Syasui Waterfall framed between tall trees.

Continuing along the path, we then passed by the fountain with the sweet-tasting water as well as some kanji signage.

Syasui_Falls_020_10162016 - Looking at the Syasui Falls (or Shasui Falls) from the overlook with a framed view of it between tall trees
Looking at the Syasui Falls (or Shasui Falls) from the overlook with a framed view of it between tall trees

Our short walk ended before a red bridge that had closure barricades fronting it.

The reason why crossing the bridge was forbidden was because rock falls had obliterated the trail beyond this bridge.

It definitely seemed like the following bridge that would have brought us right to the base of the Syasui Waterfall was gone.

And on the opposite side of the red bridge we stopped at, we saw lots of large rocks piled up as well as some denting on the bridge’s railings.

Indeed, there was clear evidence that the fallen rocks must have struck this bridge as well.

Syasui_Falls_047_10162016 - Context of the sweet water fountain with the Syasui Waterfall (or Shasui Waterfall) in the background
Context of the sweet water fountain with the Syasui Waterfall (or Shasui Waterfall) in the background

So we didn’t tempt fate and were content with our views of the Syasui Waterfall from the bridge even though we were denied the ability to see the rest of the reported three tiers that this waterfall was composed of.

As a result, we were only able to see the 69m uppermost tier.

Experiencing the Shrines by the Syasui Waterfall

On the return hike (more like short walk), we then followed a ramp that led us to a pair of shrines.

The first shrine allowed us to take our shoes off and go inside to meditate within the tatami mats of the shrine.

Syasui_Falls_064_10162016 - After visiting the Syasui Waterfall (or Shasui Waterfall), we then explored the pair of shrines in the area. This was the inside of the smaller of the shrines
After visiting the Syasui Waterfall (or Shasui Waterfall), we then explored the pair of shrines in the area. This was the inside of the smaller of the shrines

It was eerily calm here, especially when the only sound we could hear during our visit was the sound of rain striking the ground and the rooftops of the wooden structures here.

We then walked further towards the larger shrine, that was when we must have triggered some kind of music box playing some spiritual Japanese tune as we were approaching that larger shrine.

We couldn’t go inside this larger shrine during our visit, but it was definitely more photogenic.

Indeed, it featured decorations fronting its porch as well as the styled rooftops that reminded me of some of Japan’s majestic castles like Himeji and Inuyama.

Syasui_Falls_071_10162016 - Approaching the larger of the two shrines or temples near the Syasui Waterfall
Approaching the larger of the two shrines or temples near the Syasui Waterfall

After going down the steep (and slippery) steps fronting the larger shrine, we then returned to the car park to end our short 800m walk.

Overall, we had spent about 45 minutes here, which took in the walk, the time spent at the falls, and the time spent visiting the temples.

Authorities

The Syasui Waterfall resides in the Ashigarakama District near Gotemba of the Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. It may be administered by the Kanagawa Prefectural Government. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you can try visiting their website.

Syasui_Falls_006_10162016 - Dad trying to keep himself dry in the rain as he started walking towards the Syasui Waterfall
Syasui_Falls_009_10162016 - This set of slippery steps led up to the larger of two shrines on the way to the Syasui Falls. We opted to punt these until after our waterfall visit
Syasui_Falls_014_10162016 - This set of steps next to a little man-modified stream led up to a photo spot of the Syasui Falls
Syasui_Falls_016_10162016 - This was my first look at the Syasui Waterfall from the framed 'photo spot' or overlook
Syasui_Falls_023_10162016 - Slightly different positioned shot from the 'photo spot' of the Syasui Waterfall fronted by a red-railed bridge
Syasui_Falls_025_10162016 - Mom and Dad checking out the Syasui Waterfall from the red footbridge, where we couldn't go any further due to rockfall damage
Syasui_Falls_037_10162016 - Closer look at the closure barricade discouraging us from proceeding further to the Syasui Waterfall
Syasui_Falls_032_10162016 - We opted not to cross the closure at the bridge to get closer to the Syasui Waterfall because it showed evidence of damage from rocks that must have fallen and dented the railings
Syasui_Falls_041_10162016 - Contextual look at a side ephemeral waterfall (fed by the rain during our visit) fronting the Syasui Waterfall and the attractive red-railed bridge in front of it
Syasui_Falls_044_10162016 - Mom and Dad willing to taste the water from this fountain, which Mom described as having a 'sweet' taste. Could this be why the name of Syasui Falls could be translated to mean 'Wine Falls'
Syasui_Falls_055_10162016 - Last look back at the attractive Syasui Falls (or Shasui Falls) framed between a pair of trees as seen along the easy walkway
Syasui_Falls_059_10162016 - On the way back, we went up this narrow ramp to get up to the pair of shrines near the Syasui Falls
Syasui_Falls_062_10162016 - This was the smaller shrine near the Syasui Falls. They let us take off our shoes and go inside to meditate in this shrine
Syasui_Falls_068_10162016 - Looking away from the smaller shrine, we could see that the weather was quite nasty during our visit to the Syasui Falls (or Shasui Falls)
Syasui_Falls_080_10162016 - Given how wet the ground was, we had to be real careful going down these slippery steps in front of the larger of the shrines at the Syasui Falls (or Shasui Falls)
Syasui_Falls_084_10162016 - Looking back at the context of the steep steps fronting the larger shrine at the Syasui Falls or Shasui Falls
Syasui_Falls_088_10162016 - Looking over some local residences towards the surrounding mountains shrouded in low rain clouds as we were leaving the Syasui Falls

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Since we visited the Syasui Waterfall as part of a self-drive between the Izu Peninsula and Kawaguchiko, we’ll describe the driving directions a couple of ways.

First, we’ll start from the Joren Waterfall via Gotemba (the way that we did it).

Then, we’ll describe the driving directions from Odawara, which was where we picked up the rental car as a very sensible alternative to hiring a car within the congested Greater Tokyo area.

For driving directions to the Joren Waterfall from Odawara, see the directions, click here.

Driving from the Joren Falls to the Syasui Falls

Syasui_Falls_004_10162016 - The arch way above a bridge leading to the car park where we started the short walk to the Syasui Falls
The arch way above a bridge leading to the car park where we started the short walk to the Syasui Falls

So from the Joren-no-taki, we drove north on the Route 414, which eventually merged with the Route 136, which then became an expressway.

We stayed on the expressway, which eventually became the Kamigochi Expressway as it veered northwest of Mishima and past Numazu’s north before veering north on the Tomei Expressway.

We’d then follow the Tomei Expressway east (actually overshooting Yamakita) before leaving the expressway at the Tomeikosoku IC.

Then, we took the Route 255 north then Route 246 west for the next 8.5km or so before turning left onto the route 726 just west of the town of Yamakita.

Syasui_Falls_093_10162016 - The car park where we parked the car and walked to the Syasui Waterfall or Shasui Waterfall
The car park where we parked the car and walked to the Syasui Waterfall or Shasui Waterfall

After about 650m on the Route 726, there were signs indicating to turn right for the Syasui Falls.

We’d continue on the local road for the final 400m (keeping left at the forks) before finding a parking spot just past a bridge beneath a signposted archway.

Overall, this roughly 98km drive took us about a little over 90 minutes.

Driving from the Odawara Station to the Syasui Falls

Coming in the other direction from Odawara Station, we would drive north on the Route 255 for about 16km.

Syasui_Falls_003_10162016 - Initially, we had stopped too early, where Mom and Dad had to walk down this ramp to the entrance to the Syasui Falls. I later repositioned the car to the bridge mentioned above
Initially, we had stopped too early, where Mom and Dad had to walk down this ramp to the entrance to the Syasui Falls. I later repositioned the car to the bridge mentioned above

This would join up the with the Route 246, which we’d then take.

Next, we’d follow the directions as given above to the car park for the Syasui Falls.

According to GoogleMaps, this 21km drive would take less than an hour.

Video starting from a photo spot lookout before approaching the red bridge (closed) near the base of the falls

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