Shiraito Falls
Shiraito Falls
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  • Guruprasad
    140 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit!
    Take the bus from Karuizawa station which accepts coins (I think you can change 1000 yen into coins at the machine near the driver). The trip takes about half an hour or thereabouts. You won't need more than 10-15 minutes at the falls.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 3 March 2023
  • MBHK8010
    Hong Kong, China61 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    SHIRAITO FALLS / DRAGON FALLS 10K HIKE
    This is a decent medium level hike through the forest. Nice track and reasonable elevation but with enough switches and path to not really fee the effects. We started near the old Mikasa Hotel with the entrance at the Shiraito Highway Kose Toll Booth (path on the right side if you are looking at the toll booth). Dragon Falls was decent and given it was March we had the place to ourselves. Actually met only one hiker in 10K. Further trek on to Shiraito Falls which was well marked and good track except for about one k that had snow/ice and was a bit difficult to navigate. Did not continue on from the Falls to the tea house, another 2 k or so as the path looked icy as well. The falls are smaller than you see in pictures but very unique in terms of how expansive they are in terms width not height. Bus stop at the falls although buses only come less than once every hour so we called a taxi back to Karuizawa.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 6 March 2023
  • amooafshin
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates153 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do not miss it
    Shiraito Falls is one of the most famous and beautiful waterfalls in Japan. Access to these waterfalls, which are about 150 meters wide and more than 30 meters high, is possible by walking for about 15 minutes. This waterfall is located on the path of the Shiba River and in a green valley. Due to the touristic nature of this place, a number of restaurants and souvenir shops have been built on the way to the waterfall. Otodome waterfall is located in another branch of this river, and although it is much fuller and higher, but because it is more difficult to access, it has received less attention. These two waterfalls are located in the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2013. Allow at least two hours to visit these two waterfalls.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 12 May 2023
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willAndandemaroanne
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023 • Friends
Shiraito Falls is definitely a must-see when you visit Karuizawa. It is a popular spot and crowded. The waterfall is wide. Really beautiful place. Whether tired from the long drive or healed by the waterfall I already wanted to take a nap...
Written 5 July 2023
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amooafshin
Dubai, United Arab Emirates153 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Shiraito Falls is one of the most famous and beautiful waterfalls in Japan. Access to these waterfalls, which are about 150 meters wide and more than 30 meters high, is possible by walking for about 15 minutes. This waterfall is located on the path of the Shiba River and in a green valley. Due to the touristic nature of this place, a number of restaurants and souvenir shops have been built on the way to the waterfall. Otodome waterfall is located in another branch of this river, and although it is much fuller and higher, but because it is more difficult to access, it has received less attention. These two waterfalls are located in the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2013. Allow at least two hours to visit these two waterfalls.
Written 12 May 2023
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MBHK8010
Hong Kong, China61 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
This is a decent medium level hike through the forest. Nice track and reasonable elevation but with enough switches and path to not really fee the effects. We started near the old Mikasa Hotel with the entrance at the Shiraito Highway Kose Toll Booth (path on the right side if you are looking at the toll booth). Dragon Falls was decent and given it was March we had the place to ourselves. Actually met only one hiker in 10K. Further trek on to Shiraito Falls which was well marked and good track except for about one k that had snow/ice and was a bit difficult to navigate. Did not continue on from the Falls to the tea house, another 2 k or so as the path looked icy as well. The falls are smaller than you see in pictures but very unique in terms of how expansive they are in terms width not height. Bus stop at the falls although buses only come less than once every hour so we called a taxi back to Karuizawa.
Written 7 March 2023
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Guruprasad
Singapore140 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Take the bus from Karuizawa station which accepts coins (I think you can change 1000 yen into coins at the machine near the driver). The trip takes about half an hour or thereabouts. You won't need more than 10-15 minutes at the falls.
Written 4 March 2023
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618serhwee
Singapore62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The walk to see the waterfall was good and not very long distance walk. Not many tourist. The water come from the ground is amazing.
Written 6 December 2022
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krocchi
Singapore, Singapore1,430 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
A very interesting waterfall. The usual waterfalls are just a stream of water but this is a curtain of waterfalls that seem to come out from the soil. It says that the water that comes out from the soil is rain water from 6 years ago.
Written 6 December 2022
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GIT
Melbourne, Australia464 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
Came here as a stopover from our way down from Kusatsu to Karuizawa. The drive into this place is nice and beautifully lined with autumn leaves. Very nice view when you are visiting during the autumn periods. The walk into the falls is also light and easy for older people. Parking along the road beside the falls is easy but be careful not to run over the bus load of tourists.
Written 1 November 2022
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trevor w
Tokyo, Japan105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Stunning waterfall in a beautiful environment, a short walk from an extensive car park. A little bit of an anticlimax once you see it, however, well worth a visit.
Written 3 May 2021
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Qianli
Hitachi, Japan6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
The waterfall is well maintained by the workers of the park. the height of the fall may be not what you expecting but i was surprised to find out that the water is coming from the soils around. Worth visiting.
Written 21 November 2020
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Myra Thelen-King
Tokyo, Japan10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
Visited on Sun, Feb 23, 2020. The snowfall around the waterfalls was absolutely beautiful. Not too many people, even being a holiday weekend. There’s also a great souvenir shop near the bus stop at the start of the falls path. We bought some local raspberry jam and maple syrup. Worth the trip up the mountain to see the falls and doing a little shopping. Dress warmly. The falls themselves were warm somewhat because of its basin shape but the rest of Karuizawa is bitterly cold and windy this time of year. The journey up the mountain was about 25 mins by bus from Karuizawa station and cost ¥720 yen per person, except for our four year old son. Would love to come back and see these gorgeous falls in the summertime too. But they were still breathtaking in the winter, to our surprise.
Written 23 February 2020
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