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The Kegon Falls, located near Lake Chuzenji in Nikko, Tochigi, is a famous waterfall that is counted as one of Japan's top three waterfalls. The Kegon Falls consist of a stream coming from Lake Chuzenji and the sight of it pouring straight down into 97 meters depth while splashing water all around is truly fascinating. Observation points called kanbaku-dai (waterfall view spot) are installed in two locations at the top and the bottom of the falls, and are accessible by a special elevator. Please go to both observation points as each offers a different, beautiful view.
- 2479-2 Chugushi, Nikko-shi, Tochigi
- Contact No.
- From JR Nikko or Tobu Nikko Station, take Tobu Bus towards Chuzenji Onsen or Yumoto Onsen for 50 min, get off at Chuzenji Onsen and walk 5 min.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- Kegon Falls elevator operating hours: 8:00-17:00(may change depending on season)
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 30 min
- Admission fee
- Kegon Falls elevator fee: adults (over middle school) 570 yen, elementary school students 340 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.
Enjoy the Beautiful Scenery of the Four Seasons at Kegon Falls
At Kegon Falls, beautiful scenery can be appreciated in all four seasons of the year. Sakura bloom all around the falls during spring and in summer, a rainbow forms on clear, sunny mornings. Furthermore, leaves around the falls take on their red color in autumn and in winter, the water freezes as it drops creating beautiful ice shapes almost like beautiful pieces of art.
Observe the Powerful Waterfall from the Viewing Spot
There are two observation spots at the top and bottom of the Kegon Falls, of which the top one is accessed by stairs and the bottom one by an elevator. While both provide a beautiful view, the lower viewing spot is especially recommended as you can see the basin of the waterfall up close.
With Luck, You May Encounter a Japanese Serow
If you are lucky you may encounter a Japanese serow during your visit to Kegon Falls. The Japanese serow is a bovidae animal unique to Japan, which is registered as a natural monument and is a charming creature with characteristic short legs and round eyes.
Yuba Croquette, specialty of Kegon Falls
After exploring the waterfall, how would you like to take a rest with a special yuba croquette? The area of Nikko has many Buddhist temples and is therefore famous for yuba, which is frequently used in Buddhist cuisine. Hishiya sells croquettes with a yuba and soy milk mix, which is popular for its subtle sweet taste.