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Selected as one of the top hundred waterfalls and also as one of the top hundred landscapes of Japan, Kanba Waterfall is prided as one of the most impressive waterfalls in western Japan. Kanba Waterfall packs a punch with its height of over 100 m and 20 m wide and falling water gushing past the shiny black cliffs creating a mystical white sheet of spray at the bottom. Located downstream from the Kanba Waterfall is another smaller waterfall called the “Bamboo Curtain” which resembles a curtain with the water pouring over grass that looks like a roof to the “Demon’s Hole”, a cave hollowed out by limestone. Around the area of Kanba Waterfall is a well-maintained nature park where the seasons of fresh green and falling leaves of autumn in the forests are especially beautiful and are also home to around 200 wild monkeys.
- 640 Kanba, Maniwa-shi, Okayama
- Contact No.
- From the Chugoku Katsuyama Station on the JR Kishin Line take a taxi for 10 minutes.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
Closed during New Year’s holiday
Opening hours and holidays change slightly throughout the seasons so please be sure to check such details at the official website.
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 60 minutes
- Admission fee
- Admission: Adults 300 yen, elementary and junior high school students 150 yen
※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
For the latest information, please check the official website for each spot.
Beautiful Waterfall Selected as one of the Top 100 in Japan
Kanba Waterfall has exquisite beauty with the spraying falling water resembling a white cloth that hangs over the shining black cliff walls. The trees around the waterfall also help accentuate the beauty. The protruding black rock in the center of the waterfall is called the “Carp Stone” because it resembles a carp climbing up against the falling of the waterfall (known as a popular folk story in Japan).
"Tamadare Waterfall" Falls just like Rain
In front this waterfall is a protruding rock from which water falls in thick beads looking just like the rain falling from a roof. The grass above the rock from which the water falls also looks just like a roof under falling rain making for quite a fascinating scene. In contrast to the power of Kanba Waterfall, here one can find an equally superb delicate and subtle beauty.
Around 200 Wild Monkeys
Around 200 wild monkeys inhabit the surrounding forest and will sometimes reveal their cute shapes and welcome you to the waterfall. Though they are wild, the monkeys are fed by local staff and are friendly to people.
The forests of the ravine are home to all kinds of wonderful deciduous trees like katsura, zelkova, painted maples, hornbeams as well as other rare breeds such as keguwa and iwashide. The forests are especially beautiful during the fresh green in early summer and fall colors in autumn which draw around 110,000 visitors a year.