Kegon Falls

This is one of Japan’s most prominent waterfalls, kicking up the spray as it cascades off the cliff

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The water falling down a long distance from a great height looks like it’s in slow motion. The intensity of the waterfall is quite hard to capture in a photograph, so go see it for yourself.
Business Hours
Saturday ( 9:0 AM ~ 4:30 PM )
Sunday ( 9:0 AM ~ 4:30 PM )
Weekdays ( 9:0 AM ~ 4:30 PM )
Price
Adult: 550 JPY
Children: 330 JPY
Address
Kegon Falls, 2479-2 Chugushi Nikko-shi Tochigi
Phone
(0288) 55-0030

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About

From downtown Nikko to a nature spot

Kegon Falls is located by the outlet for Lake Chuzenji which was formed from the eruption of Mt. Nantai. The underground water from the steep cliffs flows out forming 12 small waterfalls that are wrapped into the main waterfall which creates a unique scene. Monk Shodo Shonin has been credited as the first discoverer of Nikko, and the name of the waterfall is derived from the sacred book of Buddhism, “Kegon Kyo” (Avatamska Sutra) of the Tendai sect. A waterfall with a long drop in elevation needs a certain amount of water. Around the waterfall basin, the fairly high water pressure flying out feels like a driving rain. The 4.5m-deep basin has a mysterious atmosphere. Designated as a National Place of Scenic Beauty, Kegon Falls has been recognized by many organizations for the wonder of its scenery, including its selection as one of Japan’s 100 geological features. There are observation areas at the top and bottom of the falls. An elevator at the base of the falls goes down 100 m, and through an underground path, you can reach the waterfall basin. Spanning 3 floors, you can freely come and go. Following the rainy season and typhoons, the amount of water rises and you can witness a lively show of huge sound and water spray.

From Akechi-Daira Observation Platform, you can take in the entire view of the waterfall flowing from Lake Chuzenji. Taking 35 minutes by bus from Tobu-Nikko Station, there is the ropeway going up near the end of the No. 2 Iroha slope that will take you from Akechi-Daira Station to Akechi-Daira Observation Platform (a 3-minute ride). You can feel the grand scale of the sight that cannot be seen from the bottom.

The mysterious mid-winter blue ice of Kegon Falls

Kegon Falls does not freeze over. However, in January and February, the 12 small surrounding waterfalls do. Due to this, the waterfall as a whole takes on a blue color and as a result, the effect has been called blue ice. The spring and fall are fine, but the waterfall of snow and ice also leaves a considerably deep impression.

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4 years ago
Wonderful
If you like the great outdoors than Nikko is the place for you Kegon Falls is one of the more popular attractions in Nikko, though it's easy to see why. The waterfall is not so wide, but very long and cascades down into a beautiful valley. Apparently if you take photos of the waterfall, sometimes ghosts may even appear in your photos! Spooky! The waterfall itself is situated a short bus ride up the mountain, nearby to the Lake. Quite easily accessed. You can reach a viewing platform from a nearby elevator, which can be used for a small fee. I highly recommend using the viewing platform, it gives you the best view of the falls.
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4 years ago
Great if you like waterfalls or water
Kegon Falls wants to be photographed, and why wouldn't it? When I first arrived, I was pleased to find that I could enjoy the waterfalls for free of charge, whilst surrounded by beautiful cliff faces and the sound of falling water, but it wasn't enough. I wanted to get closer; luckily, I could. There was an elevator I could ride down 100 metres to a second observation platform (it cost around 500 yen), and it was there that I could really experience the full thrill of this natural wonder. I got so close that I could feel the water on my face as it bounced off the rocks. Amazing!
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4 years ago
Great spot for photographers!
This is an incredible spot for photography, especially in the fall (and perhaps winter?). I went here in the fall myself, and took a few long exposures down on the platform at the bottom of the falls (you have to pay a small fee and take an elevator to get there). The photos turned out very nice with coloured leaves surrounding the falls and the stream trickling down below. Even if you aren't a photographer it is well worth the view! A word of advice if you do plan to take some serious landscape photos - the area is very crowded, so be sure to set up and prepare your shot behind the crowd then move in when you see a lull in the crowd. If you are patient and wait for the right opening you can find some nice compositions ;)
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