Recently Ryosuke and I went to Fukuroda Waterfall, aka “Japanese Niagara Falls” in Ibaraki.
He first told me about the waterfalls a year and a half ago (posing it as a nice day-trip while we were visiting his family out in Ibaraki). I put it on my short-list of places to go… but pretty far down on my short list.
Waterfalls are fun and all, don’t get my wrong. But it’s a waterfall.
Are waterfalls really that interesting?
I’m happy to say, though, that Fukuroda Falls left me pleasantly surprised.
Fukuroda Falls (袋田の滝) are a 120 meter fall series of waterfalls in Daigo, Ibaraki. In the winter, the falls freeze (and apparently you can climb them with special gear). In the summer, radiate a nice misty breeze onto the lower concrete observation deck.
It is a multi-step waterfall, with four drops.
From the ticket gate, it is a short hike in a cool, creepy concrete sewer-like thing to the first concrete observation deck.
For the sake of this post (I actually miss doing travel-related blog posts, to be honest. I know they’re not as popular and never get as many views/shares/comments as my comics, but I really do enjoy writing them), I hiked a bit off to the side, so y’all could see how close the observation deck is to the falls.
There is also a small shrine.
Because it’s Japan and there are always small shrines.
You can take an elevator up 100 meters or so, to a wooden platform that affords a better view of the falls. Keep in mind, though, in the summer it is bloody hot (and doesn’t have much shade)!
You can’t tell here, but we’re both sweating like a manic.
There are numerous hiking trails off to the side of the falls – just across the bridge – that are free to explore.
We weren’t aware of the hiking trails ahead of time and sadly didn’t bring durable shoes, so we had to skip that part.
Fukuroda Falls were a fun mini-trip. I’m not sure they’re worth the several hour drive from Tokyo… but if you’re living out near Northern Ibaraki, I totally recommend checking them out.
I know if I lived closed, I would be there every month for some fun (free) hiking.