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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  • You can see the beautiful waterfall immediately on foot from the parking lot. There are many people who enter the place of the off-limits to take a picture. Let's stop such an act because it is dangerous rather than annoying.
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  • We did a quick excursion by bus to the falls. Do ask for the bus schedule from your hotel and get them to mark out the various stops. This was very helpful. The ride itself out to the falls was a bit ...  more »
  • Water oozes out of the ground and falls like a thread and becomes a waterfall. I felt the greatness of nature, which lasted for 30 meters in length. The waterfall itself is very elegant and rather than magnificent, i want to be there slowly.
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  • Visited mid-december so it wasn't greeted by a great view as expected. There really isn't much to see besides the small pond formed by the water trickling off the mountain soil (which is amusing on its own), so I wouldn't recommend going out of your way just for this. If you're driving past Karuizawa from the north or staying at Karuizawa, then this is a short drive worth considering.
  • Breathtaking in winter. It's smaller than I saw in pictures, but worth the trek out. There is a bus from Karuizawa station that takes about 30 minutes at 710 yen. Check times in advance as they come every 50 minutes. Honestly, I don't think most people would spend more than 15 minutes here. It's on the way to other tourist spots, so it may be worth making it a part of your day trip.
  • If you happen to be in Karuizawa, it is worth taking this short trip to visit the Shiraito Falls. I visited it during winter but from what I heard, this place looks very different during other seasons and looks spectacular in Autumn. Will definitely try to make another trip here then.
  • Very different waterfall. Access is little difficult if you don't have car. However drive to waterfall is quite good.one of very few places to visit in Karuizawa.
  • Beautiful path leading to the waterfall. Don't forget to check out the carved wood along the way. Great for pictures here 🇸🇬
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