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Year-round Beauty at Fukuroda Falls

Updated: Sep 11, 2021

Refresh body and mind at this spectacle in Okukuji Prefectural Nature Park.



Fukuroda Falls (Fukuroda no Taki) is ranked as the third most beautiful waterfall in Japan (after Kegon Falls in Tochigi Prefecture and Nachi Falls in Wakayama Prefecture). It is designated a National Place of Scenic Beauty by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment.


Located in Daigo, Ibaraki Prefecture, the waterfall is 120 metres high and 73 metres wide. It feeds the Kuji River, one of the major rivers in the northern Kanto region.


History and legend


The falls are on the Taki River, which has its spring source just above the falls. They sit on a cliff created by material ejected by a volcanic eruption some 15 million years ago, and have been beloved for centuries.


Fukuroda Falls’ alternative name is Yodo-no-Taki (Four-step or Four-times Falls). It is believed this second name may have been given for two reasons. First, the river falls over four rock faces, which have created four tiers. Second, renowned monk and poet Saigyo Hoshi (1118–1190) said the falls were so beautiful they should be visited in each of the four seasons.



Year-round sight


The water output of the falls and the foliage of the surrounding area vary throughout the year, resulting in seasonally changing falls worth a visit any time.


During winter, the falls often freeze to create a scene similar to those in animated movie Frozen. In December and January, illuminations add to the icy spectacle. If winter sounds too cold, autumn brings beautiful fall colours. In summer, the falls offers a cool breeze and, in spring, the area is filled with verdant leaves.



Getting there

The falls are a 10-minute bus ride from Fukuroda Station on the JR East Suigun Line. By car, the falls can be reached from the Naka Interchange on the Joban Expressway to National Route 118 in the direction of Omiya.

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