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Snowshoeing to the Amida Falls


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A guided snowshoe excursion to a sacred waterfall featured in a Hokusai woodblock print

Gujo Tourism Federation


One of the highlights of the Gujo area in Gifu Prefecture, the Amida Falls are recognized among Japan’s 100 most scenic waterfalls and are the subject of a famous ukiyo-e woodblock print by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849).


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Located at the foot of Mt. Haku, one of Japan's Three Holy Mountains, this sacred waterfall was once believed to be the mythical source of the Nagara River, which has sustained the region’s unique and vibrant culture since ancient times. The name comes from a legend that Amida Nyorai, the Buddha of Infinite Light, appeared in the 16th century to a monk who was meditating there.


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A popular sightseeing spot in the summer, in winter the trail to the waterfall is covered deep in snow and can be accessed only by snowshoeing. Your guide will instruct you in the use of snowshoes, so no prior experience is required. Stepping through the quiet forest blanketed in snow feels like entering another world! Eventually you will arrive at the majestic 60-meter-high waterfall, which have been partially frozen into a shimmering ice sculpture. Take a deserved rest and enjoy a hot drink and snacks while contemplating this gorgeous sight.


Ⓒ Hakusan Cultural Museum | 'The Amida Falls in the Far Reaches of the Kisokaido Road' by Katsushika Hokusai


Depending on the snow conditions, there may be an opportunity for additional activities such as sledding. Please note that the tour may not be held if the snow or weather conditions are not suitable. In this case, the staff will contact you in advance.





How to get there


From JR Nagoya Station, take a JR train to Gifu Station (20 minutes), then a bus to Gujo-Hachiman Station (1 hour and 20 minutes). Take a train from Gujo-Hachiman Station to Mino-Shirotori Station, then reach the meeting place by taxi (20 minutes).


Maedani, Shirotori-cho, Gujo-shi, Gifu-ken



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