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白糸の滝Shiraito Falls

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  • Around Gotemba and Fuji
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Around Gotemba and Fuji
Kamiide, Fujinomiya, Shizuoka Prefecture 418-0192, Japan
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Date of post:2015/07/14

200m wide waterfall comprised of spring water of Mt. Fuji

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Shiraito Falls is a beautiful waterfall located on the foothill of southwest side of Mt. Fuji. Shiraito literally means ‘white thread’ as the falls consist of thin streams of water that resembles white silk thread. The unique characteristic of the falls is that the water here is mostly spring water from Mt. Fuji flowing off from the cliff. In the medieval centuries, worshippers of Mt. Fuji did some religious practices here.

There is no view of Mt. Fuji at the main observation point of the falls but you do get to see both Mt. Fuji and a part of the falls from the certain observation deck on clear days.

Some souvenir shops are located in the area and among these souvenir shops you find another waterfall called Otodome Falls. This waterfall has a drop of 25m and is very aggressive in contrast to Shiraito Falls. Otodome means to stop sounds. According to a legend, some samurai worriers had discussions about revenge but it was difficult to talk because of the sound of water. One of them complained: “What a noisy falls!” and suddenly the sound disappeared. Samurai worriers could make a detailed plan and successfully completed the revenge mission.

Shiraito Falls is accessible by bus from JR Fujinomiya station. Entry to the falls is free.

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Date of post:2015/07/10

Feeling the Clean and Devout Atmosphere at the Base of Mt. Fuji

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Shiraito no Taki Waterfalls is located at the base of Mt. Fuji in Fujinomiya City, Shizuoka Prefecture.

This waterfall over the curved cliffs is 200m wide and 20m high. It gushes out 1.5 tons of spring water from Mt. Fuji per second. The water is a mixture of rain and melting snow which have been filtered through the inside of Mt. Fuji for around 80 years. It springs out from the cracks between 2 lava layers which were created by large eruptions in ancient times. Since the running water looks like white threads, it is called “Shiraito no Taki”, literally meaning waterfalls of white threads.

It is not only a beautiful waterfall but also is deeply related to the Fuji-ko school, worship of Mt. Fuji. Hasegawa Kakugyo (1541-1646), considered the founder of this mountain religion conducted religious practices under the waterfalls. In Edo Era (16th to 19th century) many believers came here and purified themselves in its basin before they started making pilgrimages to the summit of Mt. Fuji.

Shiraito no Taki Waterfalls is listed as one of “Japan’s Top 100 Waterfalls”. In 2013 it was designated as one of the component parts of World Heritage Fujisan.

There is another famous waterfall near here whose name is Otodome no Taki. It means sound stopping fall. This unique name came from a historical story in which the Soga brothers took revenge on their father’s enemy, ending in tragedy. It takes 5 minutes on foot from Shiraito no Taki Waterfalls. I will tell you their brave story on the site.

I recommend you a half day tour, with stops at Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha, the headquarter of the 1,300 sengen shrines around Japan and Takasago Brewery ( which produces superb local Japanese rice wine using the groundwater from Mt. Fuji.

Let’s relax and forget the cares of everyday life by relishing in the fresh air. This area will offer you a good opportunity to feel the clean and devout atmosphere.

Access to Shiraito no Taki Waterfalls
・Fujikyu-Shizuoka Bus service from JR Fujinomiya Station, Tokaido Main Line
( 30 mins )
・Fujikyu-Shizuoka Bus service from JR Shinfuji Station, Tokaido Shinkansen
( 60 mins )
・Taxis are also available from both stations.

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