Boasting a height of 120 meters and a width of 73 meters, “Fukuroda no Taki” (Fukuroda Waterfall) is a popular scenic spot in Daigo-machi, Ibaraki Prefecture. The beautiful scenery created by nature and the sound of the water flowing down the waterfall attract visitors.
From Mito Station, you can reach Fukuroda Station on the Japan Raylway Suigun Line in about 1 hour and 10 minutes. You can enjoy the time flowing slowly while enjoying the feeling of traveling. When you arrive at the station, you will begin hiking around Fukuroda Falls.
When you arrive at Fukuroda Falls, let’s go to the 1st observation platform. At the observation platform management office, pay the usage fee for the “viewing waterfalls facility” and go through the tunnel 250 meters to the “first observation platform”.
The first observation platform is on the right hand side of the tunnel. From there, most of the visitors come to admired. The distribution is imminent in the immediate vicinity of the observation platform, and those who see it are overwhelmed.
Fukuroda Falls is a waterfall that runs down the rock surface in four steps. From the “first observation platform”, the bottom waterfall is approaching in front. It is close enough to reach if you reach out. If you look at the fence, you will be splashed with water. You will be impressed by the power.
The flow of the river that has flowed down the four steps will bend and change direction under the “first observation platform”, regaining its calmness and flowing. The suspension bridge over the downstream side is also visible from the “first observation platform”. The contrast between the powerful waterfall and the gently flowing mountain stream creates an interesting excitement.
Next to “first observation platform”, let’s go up to “second observation platform”. The “second observation platform” is 44 meters higher than the “first observation platform”, and you can look down on the “Fukuda Falls” from above. The “second observation platform” has three decks with steps. Please enjoy the view from each viewing deck. The highest deck is recommended.
From the highest deck, you can see the upper part of “Fukuda Falls”, which was not visible on the “first observation platform”. The waterfall that flows down between the thick and green mountains is very beautiful, and it can be said that it is a superb view. This is also a landscape that you will want to see forever.
After enjoying the view from the top of the waterfall, return to the tunnel and walk to the suspension bridge. From the top of the suspension bridge on the downstream side of the waterfall, you can see the bottom of Fukuroda Falls from the side. You can enjoy different waterfall expressions from the observation platform.
“Fukuroda Waterfall” has another name “Yodo no Taki” (Four Times Fall). It is said that “Saigyo Hoshi” (Buddhist priest Saigyo) said that when he visited this place, he would not be able to taste the true charm unless he visits it once every four seasons.
Fukuroda Falls is also known for its autumn leaves and is famous for its winter ice ridge. Certainly, as Saigyo Hoshi described, you will want to see the seasonal appearance. The first “Fukuda Falls” should be visited from early summer to summer in search of coolness.
The landscape created by nature and the sound of running water heal our minds
“Fukuroda-no-Taki Fall” listed as one of Japan’s three famous waterfall along with “Kegon-no-Taki Fall” of Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, and “Nachi-no-Taki Fall” of Katsuura Wakayama Prefecture. It is located in Daigo-machi Town at the border with Fukushima Prefecture.
The tourist attraction “Fukuroda Fall”, the representative of Ibaraki Prefecture, is a waterfall over the Takigawa River, a tributary of Kujigawa River, and boasts a height of 120 meters and a width of 73 meters. It is also called “Yodo-no-Takii Fall” (four times fall) because the flow of the fall falls four stages of the rock wall. Every season the scenery is splendid, especially the “icefall” where the falls freeze is famous.
In “Fukuroda Fall”, you can enjoy a different angle view from the two viewing stands, the 1st Falls stand, which looks up at the waterfall from the bottom, and the 2nd Falls stand, which looks down from the top. The landscape created by nature and the sound of running water heal our minds. First of all, it is a good idea to enjoy the charm of “Fukuroda Fall” from the First Falls stand. The First Falls stand is located just 10 meters from the waterfall, from where you can see how water falling down into the Takigawa River. Because of the splashed water that rises from the waterfall, it wraps people who visit with cool and comfortable air.
Because the second Falls stand is about 51 meters above the First Falls stand, you can appreciate the whole view of “Fukuroda Fall”. The beauty that nature created over a long time will attract visitors.
The time went by unnoticed
“The Fukuroda waterfall” counted by one of the three Japanese greatest waterfall is a sightseeing spot which Ibaragi Prefecture is proud of. The poet-monk Saigyo priest of the Heian era had composed a poem of this waterfall.
It is the white line which is calm when you look from far away, but it will show violence which strikes the ground if you approach. You will be attracted to its beautiness and the time went by unnoticed.
Saigyo Hoshi visited this ground a long time ago and praised it
The waterfall in Fukuroda which starts branch Takikawa river, is proud of a scale 120 meters in height, and 73 meters in width.
Because the flow of the waterfall drops in four steps of vast rock faces, it is also called the alias “the waterfall of Yodo” (the waterfall of four times). Moreover, when Saigyo Hoshi visited this ground a long time ago, it is told that he praised it as “this waterfall cannot taste the true character if I do not come once in the four seasons”
Various faces are shown
The line to create of the water flowing through four steps of rock faces is smooth like white thread, and sometimes it is intense and various faces are shown.
The Fukuroda waterfall changes a figure seasonally
Spring bordered by the green of trees sprouting new grass, summer demanding cool air, autumn fascinating autumnal leaves carry out makeup of a waterfall, winter which the waterfall freezes in severe cold, the Fukuroda waterfall changes a figure seasonally.
Visionary scenery of winter
The whole waterfall may freeze pure white in severe winter, you can see the figure of the ice climber challenging the iceberg.
Moreover, in the event ‘Okukuji-Fukuroda “a journey of winter waterfall”’ held in winter, visionary scenery of winter, such as lighting of the waterfall and illuminations of the suspension bridge, is directed.
Information(Access, Price/Charge, Tel, Address, Official site, etc.)
|Name:||Fukuroda no Taki (Fukuroda Waterfall)|
|Address:||Fukuroda 3-19 Kujigun Daigomachi, Ibaraki 319-3523 Japan|
|Access:||JR Suigun-sen Line “Fukuroda-eki Station” (5 minutes by car)|
|Tel:||(+81) 295-72-1138 (Daigo Town Tourism Office)|
|Price:||300 yen (Adult)|
150 yen (Junior High / Elementary School Students)
Free (Preschool children)
Please refer the official web page.