白糸の滝 Shiraito Falls
- Lake / Falls
- Around Gotemba and Fuji
- Travelko Rating
- ClosedOpen Every Day
Maps are rarely carried out with accessing from mainland China.
- Around Gotemba and Fuji
- Kamiide, Fujinomiya, Shizuoka Prefecture 418-0192, Japan
- Lake / Falls
- Open Every Day
Mt Fuji spring water 200m wide waterfall
Shiraito falls is a beautiful waterfall located on the foothill of the 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, worshipers 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 a 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 25 meters and is very aggressive in contrast to Shiraito falls. Otodome means "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.
Feeling the atmosphere at the base of Mt. Fuji
Shiraito falls are located at the base of Mt. Fuji in Fujinomiya city, Shizuoka prefecture.
This waterfall over the curved cliff is 200 meters wide and 20 meters 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 falls”, literally meaning "waterfalls of white threads".
It is not only a beautiful waterfall but it is also deeply related to the Fuji-ko school, worship of Mt. Fuji. Kakugyo HASEGAWA (1541-1646), considered the founder of this mountain religion conducted religious practices under the waterfalls. During the Edo period (1603-1868)) many believers came here and purified themselves in its basin before they started making pilgrimages to the summit of Mt. Fuji.
Shiraito falls is listed as one of “Japan’s Top 100 Waterfalls”. In 2013 it was designated as one of the component parts of UNESCO World Heritage site Mt Fuji.
There is another famous waterfall there called "Otodome falls", meaning "stop the 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 falls.
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 （http://www.fuji-takasago.com） which produces superb local Japanese rice wine using the groundwater from Mt. Fuji.
Let’s relax and forget about everyday life by relishing in the fresh air. This area will offer you a good opportunity to feel the clean and pure atmosphere.
Access to Shiraito falls
・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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