Kirifuri Falls (霧降の滝, Kirifuri no taki) is an impressive, 75 meter high, two-tiered waterfall located below the Kirifuri Highlands, a few kilometers northeast of the temples and shrines of Nikko. The sight of the elegant falls cascading down the mountain provides a nice contrast to the surrounding foliage, which is lush and green in spring and summer and displays fiery shades of red, orange and gold in autumn.
The name Kirifuri means “falling mist” after the fine mist that is created when the water crashes against the rocks at the bottom of the lower falls. The view may occasionally be obscured when mist or fog covers the valley. It used to be possible to hike down to the base of the waterfalls, but the trail down the mountain partially collapsed several years ago and has been closed ever since.
Instead, the waterfall can be seen from a wooden observation deck built high up on the mountain across the valley from the falls. The observation deck is located a ten minute walk down a mostly paved trail from the parking lot and bus stop, where you will also find two restaurants and public toilets. Autumn colors in the area are usually best around late October to early November.
Address: Tokorono, Nikko, Tochigi 321-1421, Japan
Telephone: 0288-53-3795 (Nikko City Tourism Division)
Opening Hours: 24 Hours
Ease of Access
About 4km from the Nikko Interchange on the Kirifuri Plateau Road.
From Nikko Station or Tobu Nikko Station, take the Tobu Bus bound for Kirifuri Kogen and get off at Kirifuri Falls stop.