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Otome Falls, Tochigi-ken, Japan

Posted by admin on 5th June 2008

This is a lovely and easy to get to waterfall which provides a view rarely achieved.  One can easily feel the power of the river when they are below this falls, which although small, has a thunderous roar that makes your heart pump at about twice its normal rate.  The view is worth it though.

Otome Falls 1   Otome Falls 2   Otome Falls 3

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Tamadare Falls

Posted by admin on 3rd May 2008

Title: Tamadare Falls

Location: Nakasato, Ibaragi-ken, Japan (中里、茨城県)

Signpost at Tamadare Falls   A map of the hiking trail around the falls

  The falls through the trees   A view of the whole falls

On the road through Naka Sato, you can find many signs pointing to the Tamadare Falls.  But once you get to the road to the falls, you will find that it is a small country road winding and narrow.  However, the smell of country smoke from burning wood and leave piles draws you onward in your quest.

Tamadare means beaded falling of water in Japanese or the falling balls. The falls itself is at a juncture in the road with a rail but there is no real place to stop other than in people’s drive ways..    In the shaded light, the image of the falls is first class.  It is well worth the look see.

But if you think that you would get a better photo, think again.  The Shrine or Jinja at Tamadare falls is privately owned and they don’t allow people to walk through to the falls to take photos.  Lots of hand written signs are all over the shrine stating such items as no trespassing, no photography and generally no public access, severely detracting from the initial beauty of the falls.

No parking is available and it is advisable to be careful walking around as cars seem to whiz by at a moments notice.

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