- The most famous waterfall in Japan, the Shiraito Falls
- The femininity of Shiraito Falls
- It’s more convenient to take a car from Tokyo
The most famous waterfall in Japan, the Shiraito Falls
There are several beautiful waterfalls called Shiraito, or ‘white threads’ in Japan. The most famous is in Fujinomiya city, Shizuoka Prefecture. In 1936, the waterfall was designated as a scenic spot and natural monument of Japan. In 2013 it was also designated as a World heritage site, part of “Fujisan, a sacred place and source of artistic inspiration”. It takes about 40 minutes by car from Mt. Fuji’s starting point, “Godenba-guchi-shin-5goome”. The Godenba entrance is for advanced hikers, so there’s no traffic control, even during summer, the busiest season.
The femininity of Shiraito Falls
Shiraito Falls are about 20-meters high and 200-meters in width width. 1.5 tons of water fall every second and is one of the largest waterfalls in Japan. Its appeal is more feminine than masculine, so you’ll feel softly embraced while observing them. On sunny days, a rainbow will often bridge the falls, an amazing sight to see.
The water descending from it’s walls rather than from the very top is more of a passive form of the typical waterfall. Its waterfall has more of a soft and slow flow, because it’s coming from the ground water of Mt. Fuji.
You’ll feel relaxed witnessing the scenery of the water gently flowing over the mossy, rugged walls.
It’s more convenient to take a car from Tokyo
There are conveniently two highways to travel on between Tokyo and Mt. Fuji; Chuo and Tomei. If you take the Chuo highway, you can see the famous, Lake Motosuko, featured on the back of the 1,000-yen note. You can also visit Pampa’s grass field.
Trains and buses are also available.
One thing to keep in mind is that it will be very cold! The constant flow of water keeps the environment much cooler than surrounding areas. During summer, it amazingly feels like a natural air conditioner.