Best waterfall trails in Japan

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Explore the most popular waterfall trails in Japan with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of waterfall trails in Japan
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#1 - Akame 48 Waterfalls Trail
Muro-Akame-Aoyama Quasi-National Park
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 38 m
Akame 48 Waterfalls Trail (赤目四十八滝コース) is a well known trail for beautiful deep mountain valleys and waterfalls that offer brilliant sceneries of the four seasons. Here you can enjoy a number of beautiful waterfalls and refreshing mountain air.Show more
#2 - Nikko World Heritage Shrines and Temples
Nikko, Tochigi, Japan
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Length: 9.1 mi • Est. 4 h 40 m
Nikko World Heritage Shrines and Temples (世界遺産日光の社寺巡り) The shrines and temples of a world heritage site, including Nikko Toshogu Shrine are set amidst a magnificent forest of cedar trees. This site is also apart of Nikko National Park and it is enthralling, beautiful and special. There are a number of featured spots in the surrounding area such as Shiraito Falls and the Yashionoyu hot spring.Show more
#3 - Mount Ryugadake - Mount Tashita - Magotaone
Suzuka Quasi-National Park
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Length: 11.2 mi • Est. 7 h 31 m
Mount Ryugadake - Mount Tashita - Magotaone (竜ヶ岳 - 多志田山 - 孫太尾根) Starting this tour from the Magotaone ridge to the summit of Mount Ryugatake via one of the peaks of Mount Fujiwara, Mount Tashita. Mount Ryugatake is known for the plain summit and many species of bamboo grasses. In autumn, the silver grasses cover the mountain, which creates gorgeous landscapes. It is also blessed with abundant water and its various waterfalls.Show more
#4 - Jyakuchikyo Five Falls Loop
Iwakuni Shi, Yamaguchi, Japan
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Length: 8.2 mi • Est. 5 h 16 m
The Inukae Gorge and the Ryugadake Gorge are collectively called the Jakuchi Gorge. The Jakuchikyo (寂地峡五竜の滝周) has five consecutive waterfalls, which are also selected as the best 100 waterfalls in Japan. This is a course where you can enjoy the fresh air from the deep valleys and the beautiful scenery of Gotaki.Show more
#5 - Mount Fujiwara - Tenguiwa Loop
Inabe Shi, Mie, Japan
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Length: 9.8 mi • Est. 5 h 57 m
This trail offers you beautiful views from the summit of Mount Fujiwara and Tenguiwa (藤原岳 - 天狗岩巡り). This trail is deeming with wildlife, so keep an eye out! This mountain is also known for its beautiful wild flowers that bloom during the spring. Some flowers are the Fukuju-so (Adonis ramosa) and Setsubun-so (Eranthis pinnatifida).Show more
#6 - Kongo Falls
Akiruno, Tokyo, Japan
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 3 m
This route begins from the Komine Visitor Center to Komine Park to Kongo Falls (金剛の滝).Show more
#7 - Mount Takao: Trail 6 - Trail 4
Meiji no Mori Takao Quasi-National Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 34 m
Note: Due to the construction, the rest of the route from Biwataki Falls of Trail No. 6 is closed between December 25, 2020, and March 31, 2021. Mount Takao: Trail 6 - Trail 4 (高尾山: 6号路 - 4号路) This course goes through Trail 6 and Trail 4 of Mount Takao Nature Research Trails via Mount Takao.Show more
#8 - Ta-taki Falls
Yambaru National Park
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 45 m
Ta-taki Falls (ター滝) is located in the headwaters of the Henan River which is in Yambaru National Park. It is a popular waterfall where you can enjoy the beautiful view of the clear water and nature in subtropical zones.Show more
#9 - Hiji Otaki Falls
Yambaru National Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 1 h 2 m
Hiji Otaki Falls (比地大滝) is known to be the biggest waterfall in the main island of the Okinawa prefecture. This trail is maintained with stairs and bridges made of wood. Note that there are also many steep slopes. It is a family friendly trail and recommended for people who want to enjoy nature in the subtropical zone.Show more
#10 - Shirode Otaki Falls - Mount Oku-Hotaka - Mount Nishi-Hotaka
Chubusangaku National Park
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Length: 11.7 mi • Est. 6 h 43 m
Shirode Otaki Falls - Mount Oku-Hotaka - Mount Nishi-Hotaka (白出大滝 - 奥穂高岳 - 前穂高岳) A mountaineering tour follows the magnificent ridgeline of the Hotaka Mountain Range to the stunning Shirode Otaki Falls. The route is tough and suitable for advanced mountaineers who can handle chain and ladder sections on the rough rocks. From the trail, you see magnificent mountainous landscapes representing Japan.Show more
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