One of the gems of Ibaraki Prefecture, Fukuroda Falls is one of Japan’s great waterfalls. Located near the town of Daigo, Fukuroda is only one of the three waterfalls given this honor - the other two being Nachi Falls in Wakayama and Kegon Falls in Tochigi.
Also known as Yodo no Taki, or Four-Time Falls, the 120-meter high and 73-meter wide falls cascade down a four-staged rock slope. Renowned monk Saigyo Hoshi once said that Fukuroda is a waterfall to see four times, one for each season. 15 million years ago, the falls were once a volcano which slowly formed over time due to submarine volcanic eruptions. Fukuroda Falls is now one of the most popular places to view stunning koyo (autumn foliage), as well as a phenomenon known as ‘ice falls’.
When winter temperatures drop to below freezing, the falls can freeze completely and create a mystical scene among the white snow-capped trees. During this period, winter illuminations are also held at the falls.
Visitors can get a closer view of the falls from the 3-stage observatory deck. A 276-meter long tunnel leads visitors to the observation deck, where one can take the elevator up to the top floor to get a panoramic view of the area.
Access to the falls is by car or bus from the nearest station. Click here for the bus schedule.
In the winter, you can see “Hyobaku”, a phenomenon where the entire Fukuroda Waterfall is frozen. Between late December to February, the cascading waterfalls have the chance to freeze entirely if temperatures are cold enough. During this period, the official website updates daily “Falls Freezing” updates with images to show the current state of Fukuroda Falls. It is recommended to visit in the morning when it is colder, for a higher chance of viewing the frozen falls.Discover more
The massive 3-stage observatory deck allows visitors to enjoy the falls up close. Visitors first walk through the 276-meter long passage tunnel to reach the deck, where you can take an elevator to the top to enjoy a panoramic view. The bottom two floors allow a closer view of the falls at different angles. Try the suspension bridge on your way back to experience walking above the base of the waterfall.
Every year between early November to late January, Fukuroda Falls holds a winter illumination event. The area near the falls and the tunnel will be spectacularly lit up, creating a beautiful night time scene. The tunnel will also be decorated with light structures, a sight that can only be seen during this event.Discover more
Access by train / bus: 10 minutes by bus from Fukuroda Station on the JR Suigun Line | 10 minutes on foot from Takimoto | 10 minutes by taxi from Fukuroda Station on the JR Suigun Line | 40 minutes on foot from Fukuroda Station on the JR Suigun Line