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Kegon Falls

Kegon WaterfallsOku-Nikko area mapKegon Falls is one of most popular spots in Nikko. In Japanese, it is called "Kegon-no-taki".

And, it is popular as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Japan, along with Fukuroda Falls in Ibaraki Prefecture and Nachi Falls in Wakayama Prefecture.

This is on the Daiya River flowing from Lake Chuzenji, and is located only 0.5 km from the lake.

The abundant water falls swiftly from 97 meters high, and the width is about 7 meters.
Additionally, more than a dozen small waterfalls of underflow water fall around the lower part of the main fall, so the scenery is beautiful.

It is said that the first finder of the falls was high priest Shodo who was founded Rinnoji temple in the 8th century.
And the name "Kegon" delives from Kegon-kyo, one of Buddhist sutras.

For visitors, an elevator is set up.
We can visit close to the basin of the waterfall with the elevator. (The fee is 530 yen.)
It is too cool in even mid-summer there.

How to get to here

By route bus

Get off at Chuzenji-onsen stop by route bus, and walk about 5 minutes.
To Chuzenji-onsen stop, about 40-50 minutes from Tobu-Nikko station.

By car

About 20 km from central Nikko city through Iroha-zaka. It takes about 35-45 minutes without traffic jams.

Kegon Falls
Photo by (c)Tomo.Yun
Entrance of elevator to basin of Kegon Falls
From upper observatory
Photo by (c)Tomo.Yun

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