I went to Fukuroda no Taki (waterfalls) in August with some friends. The picture here really doesn't do it justice, but you can get the general idea.
Fukuroda no Taki is one of Japan's top three waterfalls. The other two are Nachi no Taki in Wakayama Prefecture and Kegon no Taki in Tochigi Prefecture (near Nikko). I have now seen two of them (Fukuroda and Kegon). Do I get some sort of prize if I see all three?
I think it is probably a bit difficult to get to the falls by train. If you go by car, it is probably best to take the Joban Expressway. I think it takes between an hour and a half and two hours to get there. (Hard to say because, for once, I wasn't driving!)
There isn't really much to do but look at the falls and then shop for omiyage afterwards, so it probably isn't the best place to bring kids. It is a beautiful sight, though, especially after the rainy season when there is a lot of water. I have heard that the best time to go is in the fall when the leaves have turned colour, but the winter waterfalls are also interesting because the whole thing freezes up and people apparently try to climb it (at least, there were some pictures of people trying to climb it).
I would recommend going to Fukuroda no Taki if you have a lazy Saturday or Sunday with nothing in particular to do. It's not overly exciting, but it's a good destination for a bit of a drive with friends.
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