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Shomyo Falls

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Admire the tallest waterfall in Japan

Toyama Prefecture



Bountiful springs originating on Mt. Tateyama meet and drop four times in the Shomyo Gorge to become the Shomyo Falls, Japan’s tallest waterfall, tumbling down 350 meters. Designated as a National Scenic Spot and Natural Monument, the Shomyo Falls’ name comes from the roar it makes, which resembles Buddhist chanting (‘shomyo’ in Japanese).


The best time to see this impressive waterfall and its powerful spray is in spring and summer, when the water flow is at its peak. In spring, when the snowmelt from the Tateyama Mountain Range is abundant, the Hannoki Falls form to the right of the Shomyo Falls. Depending on snowmelt and other conditions, at times the Somen Falls will also appear. This is the only place to see such striking and rare scenery with three parallel waterfalls combined with the roar of water crashing down.


In fall, you can witness the stunning natural landscape of vivid autumn colors contrasting with the glowing white waterfall. The beautiful trees with their changing colors will also welcome you on the path up to the falls, making the Shomyo Falls a picturesque location to enjoy with different scenery every season.


How to get there


15 minutes by Tateyama Kurobe Kankou (TKK) bus from Tateyama Station (Toyama Chiho Railway), followed by 30 minutes walk.



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