Among some 50 beautiful waterfalls in Nikko, Kegon Waterfall is the most famous and considered one of top three waterfalls in Japan. This 97m-high waterfall is the only outlet flowing out of Lake Chuzenji and is flanked by a dozen or so of small streams. There is a free observation deck near the car park to get a glimpse, or you can spend the extra yen for an elevator ride down to the viewing deck in front of the waterfall base.
The view is stunning in lush green of early summer or vibrant colors of autumn foliage. Prepare something to cover as the area is very cool even in the height of summer. The nearby cable car takes you to the top of a hill where there is a bird's eye view of the lake, the waterfall and some downstream cascades.
Address :Chugushi, Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture
Access : Take a bus from Nikko Sta. for Chuzenji Onsen, get off at “Chuzenji Onsen” bus stop (approx. 40 mins) and walk about 5 mins.
Purposeelderly,thrilling,spiritual places,nature,family,winter in Japan,mysterious lands of Japan,autumn foliage,sightseeing,major
Airport/Sta.Nikko Sta. (about 10.7km) Google Transit
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4.0a month ago
Great waterfall though sometimes quite crowded . It is a great contrast against the quiet town of Nikko. There are some great food stands near here though
4.03 months ago
The falls has a good height. Viewing platform is well made. I did not go to the base. Would be best to visit in spring, summer or monsoon
5.06 months ago
I love this place. From the observation deck, I face straight to the fall and the view is astounding. The air is full of vapor and fog mixing together, which makes the scene even more impressive. I didn't have a chance to take the elevator to the lower observation spot but I will definitely give it a try next time.
3.03 months ago
It's a waterfall. There is an elevator to a lower place where you can see a different view of the falls. It only seems to be there to get you to pay more money. It was nice, but paying 570 yen to take an elevator to see the same waterfall seemed a bit much to me.
5.05 months ago
Relatively easy access. Good views. However, not worth visiting for just the falls. Good for an inbetween stop over.
Spot Reviews (1)
Option②-1 Kegon Fall is located in Nikko National Park, which is only stream from Lake Chuzenji. It might be a pretty fall, if it is compared to Niagara Fall in Canada or Victoria Fall in Zambia. But the-withe-thread-like-a-fall of 97 m...
Kegon Fall is located in Nikko National Park, which is only stream from Lake Chuzenji. It might be a pretty fall, if it is compared to Niagara Fall in Canada or Victoria Fall in Zambia. But the-withe-thread-like-a-fall of 97 meters hight is worth watching.
We choose 1 course out of 3 plans. This is no.2 plan.
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