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Yoro Falls

Yoro FallsYoro Falls is a waterfall located in Yoro town at the southwest part of Gifu Prefecture.
In Japanese, Yoro is pronaunced long as "Yooroo".

It is at the mountainside about 2 km west of Yoro station on Yoro Railway Line.
From around the station, there is Yoro Park with open space and camping site.
And around this park, there are some temples and shrines.
Yoro Falls is at the end of the area.

The height is 32 meters and the width is about 4 meters.
The water is clear and tasty.

In the 8th century, a poor lumberjack was living around this area.
He had supported an old father with sense of respect. But he had a low income, so he wasn't able to buy his father's favorite sake.
He had always thought that he made his father drink enough sake. It was his only wish.

One day, he came near this falls. When he walked on a path, he fell down.
At that time, he felt smell of sake. Surprisingly, sake flew out from a spring near him.
In a moment, he brought home the sake and gave it to his father.
After drinking the sake, his father got younger, and the family became happy.

This story was reported to the Capital Nara, and reached Empress Gensho's ear.
The Empress said "The gods praised his filial devotion to parents."
The Empress visited this falls, and she also drink the water.
She changed the name of an era to "Yoro" which means "supporting old age", and she made honorable recognition of devoted sons and daughters.

Of course, the water of this falls is not sake, but it is very tasty.
So a carbonated beverage made from this water is popular. The name is "Yoro-sanroku Cider".
But the amount of production is small, so we can get it only the shops around this falls and a few spots.

How to get to here

By railroad

  1. From Nagoya, by rapid train on JR Tokaido Line, about 30 minutes to Oogaki.
  2. Change to Yoro Railway. From Oogaki to Yoro, by local train, about 23 minutes.

By car

Run on Meishin Expressway, and exit at Oogaki Exit. About 11 km from there.

Yoro Falls
Photo by Gifu Prefecture Tourist Federation
Yoro Park in spring
Photo by Gifu Prefecture Tourist Federation
Yoro Park in autumn
Photo by Gifu Prefecture Tourist Federation
Yoro shrine and tasty spring water Yoro-sanroku Cider

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