Let’s relax at Shiraito Falls in Shizuoka Prefecture after visiting Mt. Fuji!

There are several waterfalls called Shiraito in Japan, and the most famous is in Shizuoka Prefecture. It is relatively large compared to others in Japan and its appeal is more feminine than masculine. It feels much colder than the actual temperature, so don’t forget to bring warm clothes. There are two major ways to get there from Tokyo.

Shiraito Falls

The most famous waterfall in Japan, the Shiraito Falls

Shiraito Falls from the side
The falls consecutively line up

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.

The walls
Look at it carefully, you can see water coming out of the 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.

The falls from a distance
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Kenichiro Asai

Kenichiro Asai


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Address Ide, Fujinomiya, Shizuoka Prefecture 418-0192, Japan
Price Free
*For parking 500yen
Access ●By car
Chuo highway…40 minute from Kawaguchi IC
Tomei highway…25 minute from Shin Fuji IC
●By public transportation
JR Minobu Line, Fujinomiya station/ 30 minutes by bus from the station./ 5 minute walk from Gongen bridge
Language Japanese