Nikko National Park, tucked away in the mountains of Tochigi prefecture, is famous for its many waterfalls. Contrary to the dramatic intensity of Kegon Falls, Ryūzu Falls gained popularity for its glorious mountain scenery. The waterfall is the flow of a mountain stream running 210 meters long and the drop is about 70 meters high. The mountain stream falls suddenly over a steep slope and hits a big rock at the top, splitting the stream into two and twin waterfalls are created. Because of its unique shape, the waterfall takes its name from a word meaning the "Head of the Dragon", as it resembles the head of a dragon from the front. Seasonal foliage enhances the beauty of the falls even more. In May and June, you can spot red and purple trees of Rhododendron wadanum. The autumn leaves in September are a vivid contrast to the blue sky on the water surface. The viewing area at the front of the waterfall is a great place for photos.
Chugushi, Nikko-shi, Tochigi, 321-1661, Japan
Open Year Round
From JR Nikko Station or Tobu Nikko Station on the Tobu Railway, 60 minute ride on Tobu Bus, get off at (Ryuzu Waterfall) stop, short walk from the bus stop
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