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Kirifuri highland

Kirifuri highlandKirifuri highland is the area on the southeastern side of Mount Akanagi.
The area is located to the north within a range of 3-8 km from central Nikko city.

Most of area is located at the level of over 1,000 meters, and grassland and forests spread.
So here is one of the popular spots for outdoor activity. In the whole area, many pensions (resort inns), lodges and restaurans are dotted.

The most popular spot is "Kisuge-daira". It is a grassland located at the northernmost part of the area.
"Kisuge" means "daylily", and it is the yellow flower blooming on highland.
From late June to late July, here is covered with countless yellow daylilies.

It's nice to walk in the field of the flowers.
Additionally it is a good idea to see from the above with lifts. The lifts are used for skiers in winter. (This area becomes a ski slope in winter.)

Around about halfway between central Nikko and Kisuge-daira, there is a gorge formed by Kirifuri River.
Some waterfalls are in this gorge.

"Kirifuri Falls" is most popular among the waterfalls. (In Japanese, "Kirifuri-no-taki")
It is made up of two waterfalls. The upper fall is 25 meters high, the lower fall is 26 meters high, and the total height is 75 meters.
Particularly, the flying spray at the lower fall is like fog. "Kirifuri" means "Fog rises".
An observatory for this waterfall is set up nearby.

How to get to here

By route bus

From Nikko station, about 8 minute to Kirifuri-no-taki-iriguchi stop, about 27 minutes to Kirifuri-kogen terminal (near Kisuge-daira).

By car

From central Nikko, about 4 km to Kirifuri Falls, about 10 km to Kisuge-daira.

Mount Akanagi from Kisuge-daira
Photo by (c)Tomo.Yun
Yellow daylilies in Kisuge-daira
Photo by (c)Tomo.Yun
Lift in Kisuge-daira
Photo by (c)Tomo.Yun
Kirifuri Falls

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