Shiraito Falls, Karuizawa-machi

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See an impressive natural feature at Shiraito Falls, a wide and pleasant waterfall located within a national park. Considered sacred during the time of the Fuji cult of Shintoism, the waterfall stands out as a scenic highlight of the park. With a width of 150 m (492 ft), the main cascade drops down the face of a cliff in thin white streams. The falls themselves have a hidden-away air, thanks to an array of greenery shielding them. During your walk up to the falls (just a short walk from the road), you'll see several stalls selling a range of souvenirs and snacks. Take the guesswork out of planning a Karuizawa-machi vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
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  • I went by car. If you walk from the parking lot for a while, you will find a waterfall. There is also a shop at the entrance. I was able to take a beautiful picture.
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  • There are many people, but the waterfall itself is so wide that there is no such thing as lining up to see it. Please note that the parking lot will be arranged along highland way, so be careful when parking.
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  • Visited mid-december so it wasn't greeted by a great view as expected. There really isn't much to see besides the small pond formed by the water trickling off the mountain soil (which is amusing on its own), so I wouldn't recommend going out of your way just for this. If you're driving past Karuizawa from the north or staying at Karuizawa, then this is a short drive worth considering.
  • Breathtaking in winter. It's smaller than I saw in pictures, but worth the trek out. There is a bus from Karuizawa station that takes about 30 minutes at 710 yen. Check times in advance as they come every 50 minutes. Honestly, I don't think most people would spend more than 15 minutes here. It's on the way to other tourist spots, so it may be worth making it a part of your day trip.
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