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Wonderful Waterfalls Posted by on Jun 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

The summer season is one of the best times to see some of Japan’s prettiest waterfalls. Fukuroda Falls (袋田の滝) can be found in the town of Daigo (大子町) in Ibaraki Prefecture (茨城県). The Fukuroda Falls is one hundred and twenty meters high. The width of this Waterfall is quite impressive. It’s about seventy meters wide, which is different from some of the other skinnier waterfalls in Japan. I personally just love the way the water rushes to the bottom along multiple steps of rock!

Shiraito Falls (白糸の滝) is a waterfall in the city of Fujinomiya (富士宮市) in Shizuoka Prefecture (静岡県). Shiraito Falls is a picturesque waterfall that is twenty meters high. There is one major drop of water in the center and on the right side of the Waterfalls are multiple fans of water that drop to the bottom. The water that drops to the bottom is a murky blue/green water that is absolutely a beautiful sight to see. In the winter the Shiraito Falls can freeze from the cold, so the summer is the best time to go!

Otodome Falls (音止めの滝) is just a five minute walk away from Shiraito Falls. The Otodome Falls is famous from a story that involves two brothers that hitched a plot to assassinate a retainer from the then Shogun Minamoto Yoritomo (源頼朝). The torrent of water that rushed to the bottom was so loud that the brothers felt safe discussing the plot in public. That is why the Otodome Falls considered one of the loudest waterfalls in Japan.

The Shasui Falls (洒水の滝) is located in the town of Yamakita (山北町) in Kanagawa Prefecture (神奈川県) The Shasui Falls are considered sacred and is a major part of the purification ceremonies of the Buddhist temple near the Falls. In the purification ceremony people dress in white robes and stand under the Shasui Falls; letting the water drench the person from head to toe. Shasui Falls is ninety meters long and surrounded by rocks, trees and mountains. It’s really quite a sight!



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