Fukuroda Falls

袋田の滝   Click to listen highlighted text! 袋田の滝

(fukuroda no taki)

Hidden away in the remote hills of the town of Daigo in northwestern Ibaraki Prefecture is Fukuroda Falls, a 120-meter-tall cascading waterfall. Known as one of the three most beautiful waterfalls in Japan, it’s a popular tourist destination throughout the year. Visitors flock to the falls in early November to witness the leaves’ vibrant autumn colors, offering a stunning contrast against the waterfall’s white cascading water.

While fall is undoubtedly the busiest time, Fukuroda Falls is attractive in every season. Winter, in particular, offers a unique experience, with the rare chance to see the entire cascade frozen over in freezing conditions between late December and mid-February. The frozen waterfall, surrounded by white snow, is a breathtaking sight.

In addition to the frozen waterfall, the winter season also brings the falls to life in a unique way. From November to January, nightly illuminations of the falls are held, incorporating music. The illuminated waterfall, set against the dark night sky, creates a magical atmosphere, making it the perfect time for a romantic stroll with a loved one.

Fukuroda Falls is not only known for its scenic beauty but also for its surrounding nature. The area is home to a variety of fauna and flora, including the endangered Japanese giant salamander. It’s an excellent spot for nature lovers who can explore the surrounding forests and mountains on hiking trails.

A visit to Fukuroda Falls is incomplete without enjoying the local cuisine. The surrounding town of Daigo is famous for its soba noodles made from locally grown buckwheat. Several restaurants near the falls offer soba noodles, tempura, and other local delicacies. A steaming bowl of soba noodles and hot tea is perfect to warm up on a chilly day.

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