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The falls are located in Oguni, at the northern tip of Kumamoto prefecture. It is a pretty wide waterfall with 20 meters width and 10 meters height, and has a delicate beauty about it as if it were a fine white curtain. Its beauty became famous when the waterfall was recently featured as the location of a TV commercial and became a famous tourist destination. It is known as a waterfall that can be seen from the back by going behind it. There is a spring nearby so the water of Oguni has a wonderful clear quality. The spot is also a popular hidden treasure for the delicious soba (buckwheat noodles) kneaded with this water.
- Kurobuchi, Oguni, Aso-gun, Kumamoto
- Contact No.
- From Aso Station on JR Hohi Main Line, take Sanko Bus towards Tsuetate Onsen for about 1 hr and get off at Yu-Station. 15-min taxi ride from here.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
Closed: Year-end and New Year's (Dec 28-Jan 3)
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 30 min
- Admission fee
- Adults (over high school) 200 yen
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"Water Curtain" Falling Delicately
Despite its smaller scale, the delicate beauty of Nabegataki Falls is something you do not get to see elsewhere. The sight of its stream falling down is almost like a white curtain being blown in the wind. Surrounded by green vegetation, the clear waterfall shimmering in the rays shining through the trees is so mysterious it could be out of a myth.
Uramino-taki (back-view falls): See the Waterfall from Behind
The back of the falls is in the shape of a hollow cave and you can enter to go behind the falls. This is very rare in Japan and this is one of the main "back-view falls" of the country. The view of the green forest and sunlight seen through the falling water is a mysterious landscape created by nature. In autumn, the beautiful colored leaves adorn the surrounding of the falls.
"Nabegataki Illuminations" Make the Falls Even More Fantastic
Every year, illumination events are held during limited periods, in which the waterfall gets lit up from behind. It is an event that attracts many people from all over the country, that come to get a glimpse of Nabegataki Falls in its fantastic state decorated with lights and colors. This illumination is possible only because the back of the falls is accessible.
Near the falls, there is a Soba Street, where you will find many soba restaurants. The soba made in this area with the spring water of Mt. Aso and severe temperature changes is exquisite. Please try this specialty soba along with some of the dishes incorporating seasonal ingredients during your travel.