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Region
Hokkaido
Island
Hokkaido
Largest City
Sapporo
Population
5,682,950

Shirahige Waterfalls

Discover the enchanting Shirahige Waterfalls, a mesmerizing natural wonder in Hokkaido.

By Abhijit Sen

Consider visiting the enchanting town of Biei on Japan’s northern Hokkaido to witness the stunning natural wonder of Shirahige Waterfalls. The name “Shirahige,” or white beard in Japanese, perfectly captures the image of the falls flowing gracefully like a white cascade against the cliff.

Shirahige Waterfalls

Shirohige Waterfalls

Photo by: PIXTA/ 花火 A mesmerizing natural spectacle.

The geological origins of Shirahige Waterfalls add yet another layer of fascination. Formed by the volcanic eruption of Mount Tokachi, these falls showcase subterranean water streams out from between layers of lava and rock formations. Measuring about 40 meters wide and dropping around 30 meters, the waterfalls emanate the calming sound of cascading water, beckoning people to immerse themselves in nature’s grandeur.

In the summer, Shirahige Waterfalls exuded an enchanting elegance, resembling a flowing white beard against the cliffside. The tranquil atmosphere created by the surrounding green forest offers a mesmerizing natural spectacle.

Biei Blue

Blue Bridge Shirahige

Photo by: PIXTA/ KAZE Shirogane Bridge is an excellent vantage point from which to see the waterfalls.

The Shirahige Waterfalls and the nearby Shirogane Blue Pond are renowned for their captivating Biei Blue that enchants all who visit. The Blue River Bridge or Shirogane Bridge is an excellent vantage point from which to see the waterfalls. The Biei River, with its captivating blue waters derived from minerals, adds to the enchanting charm of the area.

Throughout the year, the waterfalls undergo a captivating transformation, with each season unveiling a unique spectacle. From t autumn to winter, the waterfalls offer a kaleidoscope of natural beauty that changes with the seasons.

Things To Know

When to visit and nearby attractions

Weather: It’s important to check the weather conditions before visiting, as the beauty of the falls can vary depending on the season and weather.
Photography: The picturesque scenery of the Shirahige Waterfalls is a photographer’s dream, so be sure to capture the beauty of the falls from various angles.
Nearby attractions: While visiting the waterfalls, take the opportunity to explore other nearby attractions in Biei, such as the Shirogane Blue Pond and other stunning destinations in the area.

How To Get There

Address

By train

From Sapporo station, you can take the JR Kamui or Lilac limited express trains bound for Asahikawa. Once at Asahikawa station, transfer to the Dohoku bus heading to Shirogane onsen. From the Shirogane onsen bus stop, it’s just a short 3-minute walk to reach the waterfalls.

From New Chitose airport, you can take the JR Chitose line train to Sapporo station. From Sapporo, transfer to the JR Kamui or Lilac limited express trains bound for Asahikawa.

Where To Stay

Biei Shirogane Onsen Hotel Park Hills
  • Shirogane, Kamikawa-gun Biei-cho, Hokkaido, 071-0235 Japan
  • ¥21,800 - ¥24,000
  • 4.12/5 (1,027 reviews)
  • 0.2 km
Mori no Shizuku Rin
  • Shirogane, Kamikawa-gun Biei-cho, Hokkaido, 071-0235 Japan
  • ¥39,600 - ¥39,600
  • 2.5/5 (464 reviews)
  • 0.2 km

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