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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 a look at our Karuizawa-machi itinerary builder to schedule your visit to Shiraito Falls and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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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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  • A lovely spot to visit, and the gentle walk to the waterfalls is pretty as you pass streams and mossy rocks. Our children enjoyed it.  more »
  • Was a little disappointed as I was actually expecting a big waterfall, but that might have been my mistake for not ready more about this spot. The view is quite beautiful, but if you have family membe...  more »
  • We were impressed by the power of Mother Nature.... of what she can create.... and the form of her creation......  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.