Shiraito and Otodome Falls
Easily accessible waterfalls rush like “white silk” adding to the magnificent Mount Fuji area.
Its beauty praised in poetry for centuries, Shiraito Falls is an idyllic waterfall in the the lush surroundings of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. It is located a short hike away from Otodome Falls, another waterfall to make the trip even better.
Together this duo is a scenic spot near Mount Fuji that can easily be visited on a trip to the Prefecture side of Japan’s most iconic mountain.
Snow Hiking on Mount Fuji
Among the many accolades attributed to this pair are: registration as a national monument and designation as one of the Ministry of the Environment’s “100 best waterfalls” of Japan.
Otodome Falls, is a 25-meter-high powerful rush of water that is a bit more difficult to observe and photograph due to its rustic location.
Close your eyes and listen to the roar of the falls. Legend has it that two brothers came to this spot to so that their plans of avenging their father would not be overheard.
Before you go
This pair of waterfalls is best seen in the summer when they overflow with the melted winter snow of Mount Fuji, and in the fall when the leaves of the surrounding forest change colors. After your hike, take a relaxing dip in the nearby hot spring and spa options: Asagiri Onsen Kaze-no-Yu as well as Fugaku Onsen Hana-no-Yu.
The best part about these particular waterfalls is that the hike to them, which involves a set path and some stairs, really isn’t too bad. Be sure to check it out if you’re in the area or on your way to Mount Fuji.
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