Updated: Sep 25, 2021
Relaxing views and spring water await at this stunning waterfall.
Located in the southwest foothills of Mount Fuji, in Shizuoka Prefecture, Shiraito no Taki (Shiraito Falls) is ranked one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Japan. It’s a great place to take in the view or refresh your skin in the pure water.
Shiraito no Taki literally means “waterfall of white threads” and it’s easy to see why. The falls are fed by volcanic spring water from Japan’s largest peak, which creates many thin streams flowing off the 150-metre wide and 20-metre high cliffs. These streams resemble threads of silk hanging in the air.
Long regarded as a sacred place, the falls have been protected as a Japanese Natural Monument since 1936. They are named in the Fujisan Cultural Site on the UESCO World Heritage List and part of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park
Shiraito Falls are an impressive sight, both from far away and close up. The short trail down from the car park has a number of shops and cafes, which can provide a refreshing drink or local snack to enjoy at the foot of the falls.
After walking to reach the pool at the bottom of the waterfall on a hot summer day, there is no better feeling than dipping your feet in the refreshing water.
The rocks around the base of the falls are the perfect spot for a picnic while enjoying the view and sounds of the water thundering off the cliff above.
Another waterfall, Otodome Falls, is about a five-minute walk away. It’s well worth a visit as well.
When to go
In summer, the falls are raging from Mount Fuji’s winter snowmelt and the foliage is at its lushest, creating a beautiful scene. Autumn is also popular among those keen to view the colourful autumn leaves.
For both these seasons, it’s best to visit in the early morning before the site becomes crowded.
Find out more
Visit Fujinomiya Tourist Association’s Shiraito Falls page.