Nikko’s most famous waterfall offers spectacular views year round
Surrounded by the breathtaking landscape of Nikko National Park, Kegon Falls is the most famous of Nikko’s waterfalls. Its water flows from Lake Chuzenji, the country’s highest natural lake, and cascades in a 97-meter drop into a rocky plunge pool surrounded by greenery.
Historically known as one of Japan’s top three greatest waterfalls, Kegon Falls offers stunning views every season. Spring is lush with flora, while in summer, its waters attract flocks of migrating Asian house martins. Its colorful autumnal change, as surrounding foliage develops into golden browns and reds, attracts visitors from near and afar. Even in the stark winter, Kegon Falls stands majestic, its stream of water often frozen in mid-fall.
There are two ways to view Kegon Falls, a free upper deck to see it from above, and a lower observatory for a head-on view, accessible by an elevator for a small fee.
How to get there
Take a Chuzenji-onsen bound bus from Tobu Nikko Station or JR Nikko Station and get off at Chuzenji-onsen (40minutes). Then 5 minutes walk from the bus stop.