Kegon Falls

Tochigi (Prefecture), Japan

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About Kegon Falls

There are 48 waterfalls in the region of Nikko , Japan, but The Kegon waterfall is the most famous of these. At 97 m (~318 ft) high, it is one of Japan's three highest waterfalls and is easily the star natural attraction of the Nikko National Park. The falls were formed when the Daiya River was rerouted by lava flows. The waterfall is the only exit for the waters of Lake Chuzenji and about twelve smaller waterfalls are situated behind and to the sides of Kegon Falls.


The Kegon Falls are a hugely popular sight, especially in autumn, so expect queues if you visit at this peak time.


For about two weeks around every October, the mountain sides burst into spectacular autumn colours and on a sunny day, vivid rainbows curve around the bottom of the falls. This amazing view can be seen from an observation platform that is easily accessible on foot, as well as from a platform at the base of the falls. The higher observation platform is accessed via a 100 m (~328 ft) deep elevator and easily offers the more impressive views. The waterfall is also extremely impressive in wintertime when it freezes almost completely solid.

The surrounding park is known as one of the most beautiful in Japan and its many historical Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines are collectively as designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Tochigi (Prefecture), Japan
Latitude: 36.737971, Longitude: 139.502093