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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  • August 17, 2017
    As the Typhoon is approaching that, from early in the morning we visited. Our dog was in hours, so that we had very few people and easy to walk. Had the time to actually go up near the falls, touching the water, clear air, bathed in a lot of negative ions, cool cool, very good. May be very narrow is because people are more crowded and.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Raining day, is bad. Small shops can be eating good food and parked the car and headed toward the entrance tidbit whats the dumplings, mushroom soup, I want in there! So delicious fluffy bun eaten here!
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  • August 15, 2017
    The first time I went to Karuizawa shiraito falls. Watching the water come out from the soil, it became strange feelings. Is there were a lot of people, but the sky was clear and is very clean. I now have lit up at night, and that could now take a look at would love to go.
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  • June 28, 2017
    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.
  • June 24, 2017
    Nice and beautiful falls near Karuizawa. Must Vist place and accessible by bus from station. nice creature of nature.
  • July 10, 2017
    Interesting waterfall, especially only an hour from Tokyo city, and the bus takes another 20 mins. Really scenic, for countryside people.
  • June 1, 2017
    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.
  • July 2, 2017
    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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