Kegon Falls
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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  • TheLeongOhana
    United States7,517 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rode the Elevator Down to the Viewing Platform
    We heard the elevator was the best choice to view the falls. The per person ticket was only a couple dollars and we waited around 15 minutes before we exited at the viewing platform. There were two levels and both gave clear views of Kegon falls. It was very picturesque since the surrounding trees were starting to turn their fall colors and the day was so clear. We spent about 15 minutes enjoying the falls and taking our photos. A small gift shop selling souvenirs and food was next to the platform. I recommend going to Kegon Falls as one of the first stops in a Nikko day trip since it took awhile for the bus to reach the stop and avoid the inevitable traffic since the roads were narrow and one lane in each direction.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 November 2023
  • alohatripper
    Honolulu, Hawaii1,713 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Two waterfalls that work together
    I've been to some really spectacular waterfalls, including Niagra, Iguazu, Skogafoss, and Gullfoss, so this one, high on the mountain, is not, in my estimation, in the same league and even lacks the "wow" factor. But in the context of the scenic Nikko landscape, it is an integral part and worth visiting. The approach is challenging with 49 hairpin turns, a gondola ride (Akechidaira ropeway) to the top. There we could see Lake Chuzenji (we were unable to schedule the lake cruise) on one side. Take the elevator down from the parking lot near the lake. While the lake is serene and placid, the waterfalls (Kegon and Rizuyu) are dynamic and complement each other.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 9 November 2023
  • NCAndBeyond
    56 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible Falls - but quite crowded
    The falls themselves are incredible - multiple levels, roaring rapids, water coming out of the sides of the hill flowing into the falls. Definitely take the elevator down nearer the base of the falls. Highly recommended. BUT, it is quite crowded and if you come up and down on the bus - it can be a long line and very crowded on the bus....
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 November 2023
  • Susan T
    Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin598 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not at the bottom of the falls
    Before leaving Nikko, we spent the morning at two different waterfalls. This one was near our hotel. We caught the elevator down to the base of the fall. We were disappointed because it was to viewing platforms but NOT at the bottom of the falls. The water wasn't rushing as other photos have shown. It was a different view but we were disappointed. There were places to buy food, drinks and souvenirs.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 May 2024
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Tatami53
Tokyo, Japan57 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Perhaps if you visit here on a day when the weather is perfect and there is no crowd, it might be something to do if you are in the area. But quite frankly, I did not find it to be the awesome experience that everyone else here is raving about. You have to spend ¥600 (about USD 4.58) to get into an elevator with a bunch of other people and descend into the bowels of the earth so you can get to a vantage point and see the waterfall. Once you are there, you can see the waterfall. That's it. You pay for an elevator ride to see it.

The day we were there was overcast and there was a crowd. Neither enhanced what *might* be a lovely experience. That said, you can actually see the waterfall (or part of it) for free (but not as well) without taking the elevator down.

Also, to access the elevator, you have to walk down a long, somewhat narrow hallway. I found the entire experience to be claustrophobic. Also, the whole thing felt like a tourist trap.

Yes, it's pretty, but quite honestly, one should be able to see this for free. But anything that can be monetized will be. So... if you have absolutely nothing to do and you are in the area and you are totally bewitched by waterfalls, this might be entertaining for you, with the emphasis on the word "might."
Written 9 May 2022
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NCAndBeyond
Nevada City56 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
The falls themselves are incredible - multiple levels, roaring rapids, water coming out of the sides of the hill flowing into the falls. Definitely take the elevator down nearer the base of the falls. Highly recommended.
BUT, it is quite crowded and if you come up and down on the bus - it can be a long line and very crowded on the bus....
Written 13 November 2023
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BabyboomerWA
Dunsborough, Australia231 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
These falls are walking distance from Lake Chuzenji - get off the bus at the Lake and walk inland on the main road for a few hundred metres. Very impressive. You can have a free overhead view of the falls, but for a better look pay the price to down down in the elevator to the viewing platforms. I recommend paying the fee.
Written 21 December 2022
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dehizzy
Indianapolis, IN201 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
The waterfall is beautiful and flows from lots of angles. Downsize is the price to get there isn't much to do in the area. It makes it worth your wild if doing a hike and additional exploring rather than just forking up $25 USD.
Written 15 December 2022
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alohatripper
Honolulu, HI1,713 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
I've been to some really spectacular waterfalls, including Niagra, Iguazu, Skogafoss, and Gullfoss, so this one, high on the mountain, is not, in my estimation, in the same league and even lacks the "wow" factor. But in the context of the scenic Nikko landscape, it is an integral part and worth visiting.
The approach is challenging with 49 hairpin turns, a gondola ride (Akechidaira ropeway) to the top. There we could see Lake Chuzenji (we were unable to schedule the lake cruise) on one side. Take the elevator down from the parking lot near the lake. While the lake is serene and placid, the waterfalls (Kegon and Rizuyu) are dynamic and complement each other.
Written 9 November 2023
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krocchi
Singapore, Singapore2,239 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
A MUST visit if you are in Nikko. This waterfall is by far the most spectacular waterfall I visited and the best in the area. Parking is available. To enter the falls, you’ll need to take a lift. It is really a breathtaking view. Really worth the visit. There are also some food stores and gift shops at the ground level too.
Written 5 February 2023
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Peter S
Brookfield, CT28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I was not expecting much from Kegon Falls - we were there near the end of fall and much of the foliage at the top of the mountain was already gone. It was right down the road from our ryokan but we decided to drive over anyway as it was chilly and we were going to head down the mountain afterward. The grounds have quite a few small food stalls and gift shops and it was not too busy when we went in mid-November. Seeing the top of the falls was free assuming you were not paying for parking and that was pretty impressive on it's own. There was an extra charge for the long elevator ride to the bottom, but the view from below was even better than expected! Overall a good 1.5-2 hours spent in total, some decent snacks, and a few small items purchased for my kids back home.
Written 19 November 2020
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Susan T
Mount Pleasant, WI598 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Before leaving Nikko, we spent the morning at two different waterfalls. This one was near our hotel. We caught the elevator down to the base of the fall. We were disappointed because it was to viewing platforms but NOT at the bottom of the falls. The water wasn't rushing as other photos have shown. It was a different view but we were disappointed. There were places to buy food, drinks and souvenirs.
Written 6 May 2024
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angelap442018
65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
You need to buy a ticket to take the elevator down to see the Falls. It is a gorgeous view. It is about 45 min. bus ride from town, but it was worth seeing. There's a little town in the area and a cable car ride a few stops before. We didn't go there to take the cable car ride but I bet it's beautiful in Autumn.
Written 15 February 2023
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Stan S
Taipei, Taiwan27 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Friends
Do not go to Nikko's surrounding mountain region during the autumn foliage season. We went there on a working Monday and had to wait 40 minutes to get on the tourist bus - standing room only. The trip to Lake Chuzenji supposes to take one hour. It took us about 3 hours as the single lane road was congested big time. We cut short our trip, got off at Kegon Fall and walked around for one hour. We then quickly got to the bus stop and tried to get back to the station. Guess what, there was a long line of people waiting for buses. This is something I do not understand, if this is the busy autumn season and they sold many bus tickets (tourist passes), how could they maintain the same stupid bus schedule (one bus every 30 minutes or so). There were many Japanese bus employees running around talking to angry passengers calming them down. However, they could not do anything. We had to wait 2 hours plus to get on one bus, took another 2 hours to get back down the mountain and missed our train of course. I am very disappointed by the Japanese way of handling emergency of this type. We were willing to pay for a taxi to get back down (10,000 yen plus) but we could not find any taxi for hire (all reserved).
Written 25 October 2012
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