Shiraito Falls, Karuizawa-machi

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See an impressive natural feature at Shiraito Falls, a wide and pleasant waterfall located within a national park. Considered sacred during the time of the Fuji cult of Shintoism, the waterfall stands out as a scenic highlight of the park. With a width of 150 m (492 ft), the main cascade drops down the face of a cliff in thin white streams. The falls themselves have a hidden-away air, thanks to an array of greenery shielding them. During your walk up to the falls (just a short walk from the road), you'll see several stalls selling a range of souvenirs and snacks. Take the guesswork out of planning a Karuizawa-machi vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
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  • This is the place go away a little, but don't use the toll road. Stop the car and walk a little while, delicate, very nice!
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  • A bit touristy spot with small falls - if you are in the area and can stop by on your way to other more interesting spots it's worth a peek.  more »
  • We came here when it was raining so did not enjoy it as much. Grounds were slippery and muddy. We thought there was more to this but were kind of disappointed.  more »
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  • Interesting waterfalls .. the water seeps through the mountains and it is believed to take ~ 6 years for the water to travel from the top of the mountain to come down. You can take a hike up and take a short trail through the woods for a nice view.
  • Nice and beautiful falls near Karuizawa. Must Vist place and accessible by bus from station. nice creature of nature.
  • Interesting waterfall, especially only an hour from Tokyo city, and the bus takes another 20 mins. Really scenic, for countryside people.
  • Worth a stop if you are driving through, but don't make a whole trip out of it. It is a very small waterfall. The last time I was here, they were doing a light show around dusk, which I suspect is seasonal. This location is quite touristy, with local goods to buy (maple syrups and apple jams, for example) as well as many snack vendors. It gets quite busy during the summer months, as is expected of the Karuizawa area in general.
  • It's first time for me to see this kind of half circle waterfall, and this water is smooth and equality, feel peaceful.

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A well-visited upscale mountain resort, Karuizawa-machi offers a wide range of classy accommodations ranging from luxurious hotels to family-run bed and breakfasts and inns. A number of specialty lodgings and resort hotels since the Meiji era have housed members of the Japanese royal family and other illustrious guests. Hotels line both sides of the railway, including a few mid-range establishments. A smattering of inexpensive bed and breakfasts cater to budget travelers, but you have to drive 20 minutes from the downtown.
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