Kirifuri Waterfall

Attraction 霧降の滝, Japan, 〒321-1421 Tochigi Prefecture, Nikko, 所野 Published on: 27-02-2016

1 hours 30 mins
08:30 AM
10:00 AM
Second-time visit
0.00 USD

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Kirifuri Waterfall (霧降の滝, kirifurinotaki) is one of the best 100 waterfalls in Japan and three great falls in Nikko. The length of the waterfall is 75m (250 ft.).

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Why Kirifuri Waterfall is special ?

Kirifuri Waterfall (霧降の滝, kirifurinotaki) is one of the best 100 waterfalls in Japan and three great falls in Nikko. It is located at Kirifuri river which is one of the headwater of Tone river. It has 25m (83 ft.) hight at higher fall and 26m (86 ft.) high at lower fall. The length of the waterfall is 75m (250 ft.). The width begins 5m and ends 15m. The sight is also selected as one of the 100 best scenery of Tochigi Prefecture.


What to explore at Kirifuri Waterfall?

Kirifuri Falls is a 75m-tall waterfall in Nikko, one of Japan's representative sightseeing spots. The waterfall is divided into upper and lower tiers. It is said that the name Kirifuri (meaning "falling mist") is taken from the mist sprayed from the lower waterfall and hitting the rocks. Although Nikko is a place with many waterfalls, this is one of the well-known tourist spots, together with Kegon Falls and Urami Falls.

The leaves of trees are a fresh green in spring, turn red and yellow in autumn, and are covered with snow in winter. These trees, with a different appearance each season, in combination with the view of the clear white falling water, create stirring scenery. The falls are located in Kirifuri Highlands. A walking path will lead you to an observation deck from which you can see the waterfall at the front. Although it used to be possible to reach the waterfall basin, the path to it partly collapsed and currently cannot be used. However, you can still enjoy the beautiful contrast of the waterfall and the green trees.

This waterfall, more elegant and graceful than powerful, has been loved by Japanese people since long ago. In the Edo Period, Katsushika Hokusai, a prominent ukiyo-e artist (died 1849), portrayed this waterfall in his series of Shokoku Taki Meguri (waterfalls around the country). Please enjoy the delicate beauty of the waterfall.


How to get to Kirifuri Waterfall?

Train: 10 minutes from Nikko Station (about 1 hour 40 minutes from Tokyo Station by Shinkansen), which is on the JR Nikko Line, by Tobu bus (destination Ozasa Bokujo) to Kirifurinotaki Iriguchi bus stop, then 15 minutes on foot

Car: 15 minutes from Nikko Interchange on the Nikko Utsunomiya Road


Selling points

  • Great Autumn colors
  • Beautiful fog
  • Kirifuri Waterfall Observation Point
  • Great regional cakes
  • The view is perfect
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霧降の滝, Japan, 〒321-1421 Tochigi Prefecture, Nikko, 所野

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Tips for you

  • This is a rest stop with several restaurants.
  • It has a bakery with great regional cakes and pastries and coffee.
  • There are free parking space and restroom are available.
  • From the platform, you able to see the Falls.
  • You can access to the higher observation deck to see this fall.


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If you are in Nikko area do not miss to stop buy and visit these falls. It is on your way back to Tokyo. From the parking you need to walk around 5-10 minutes on nice path through the forest.path will bring you to the vie wpoint where you can see falls on oposite hill. It was raining with lots of fog but view was definetely magnficient Waterfall has a higher verical drop than Niagra . It is just 7 meteres wide and you can not see whole falls due to forest

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