Countless threads of water falling from about 20 meters up across a width of about 150 meters. Spring water formed by melted snow from Mt. Fuji that has soaked into the ground rushes down all in one go, and it looks as if the place has been hung with threads of silk. Unlike nearby Otodome Falls, which make a roaring sound and give a sense of power, Shiraito Falls have a grace which is somehow feminine. Yoritomo Minamoto composed a waka (Japanese poem) in praise of the falls' charm which goes, "What kind of princess is at the top of these falls?" The falls are a precious asset of the Mt. Fuji World Heritage Site.
※ Views like the one shown in the photo can only be seen under certain conditions (time of day, weather etc.).
There are walkways all around the falls, so they can be admired from lots of different angles. Takimi Bridge in front of the falls was rebuilt in 2013, and affords a view of them in all their natural glory, unobstructed by any man-made structures. Water can splash up and the ground can get slippery, so please watch your step and your clothes.
The pleasure of travel: Shiraito Falls
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updated on Sep 30, 2015