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Kegon Waterfall

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Area: Nikko
Category: Nature Parks > Waterfalls

Kegon Waterfall (華厳の滝, Kegonnotaki) is one of the best 100 waterfalls in Japan, and one of the three great falls in Nikko, and one of the three great waterfalls in Japan. Moreover, Kegon waterfall is the most famous waterfall in Japan. It is located Okunikko (奥日光) in Tochigi Prefecture. Kegon waterfall is 97m(326 ft.) high, and 7m width. Water come from Lake Chuzenji (中禅寺湖), and a mount of water falls 2 tons per second. It sometimes increases tremendously after heavy rain. It is a grand view of 97m straight fall.

Tourist Info.
There is parking, restroom, and gift show. 520 yen for Observation deck which located the bottom of the fall. In the rain season, the fall sometimes covered by fog. Check the weather before you visit.

Access
0. at Nikko Station
1. use Tobunikko bus to Kegononotaki iriguchi (45 min.)
2. walk (2 min.)

Access to Nikko Area

Nikko (日光)
Access
-by train
0. at Asakusa Station
1. use Tobu Line to Nikko (2 hrs.)

-by car
0. use Tohoku expressway from Kawaguchi to Utsunomiya
1. change to Nikko express way to Nikko


Map around Kegon Waterfall

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Detailed Travel Guide for Kegon Waterfall

It is the world famous waterfall of Japan. There are 12 brunch waterfalls from the middle point of the fall. Combining those small falls, Kegon notaki become the great view. Not just three great waterfalls in Japan, it is also one of the great nature monument of Japan. It was found by one of Buddhist monk, and he named the fall with one of the Buddhism scripture "Kegonkyo."

There are two observation deck from top and bottom. You have to pay to enter the bottom deck. On the weekend, there are many people visit. You might have hard time to find parking.

Kegon Falls are located at Lake Chūzenji (source of the Oshiri River) in Nikkō National Park in the city of Nikkō, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. The falls were formed when the Daiya River was rerouted by lava flows. About twelve smaller waterfalls are situated behind and to the sides of Kegon Falls, leaking through the many cracks between the mountain and the lava flows.
At 97 m high, it is one of Japan's three highest waterfalls. In the autumn, the traffic on the road from Nikko to Chūzenji can sometimes slow to a crawl as visitors come to see the fall colors. (Wikipedia)
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