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Takigyo Meditation at Kanabiki Waterfall

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Become one with nature and refresh your body and spirit under the cold cascading water

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View of Amanohashidate


A scenic waterfall located in Miyazu, a small city in the northern part of Kyoto Prefecture, Kanabiki Waterfall is just around the corner from Amanohashidate, one of the celebrated Three Views of Japan. With a height of 40m and a width of 20m, it is one of the Best 100 Waterfalls in Japan and the only one selected from Kyoto Prefecture. 



Tucked on a hill surrounded by a lush forest, Kanabiki Waterfall is a peaceful and soothing hidden spot that will make you forget the bustle of everyday life. Cool and refreshing in summer, it is also a great place to visit in the spring and autumn to enjoy the change of the seasons. Climb the stairs up to the waterfall and take in the refreshing sight of the cascading water. Next to the waterfall is a small shrine that is said to bring visitors financial prosperity.



Kanabiki Waterfall has been revered as a sacred place for over 1000 years and is the ideal location to experience Takigyo, an ancient meditation practice and training ritual where you purify your body and spirit by standing under a waterfall. After a ritual conducted by a Shinto priest, you will step into the waterfall wearing a traditional white robe. Under the cold, powerful cascading water, your mind will become clear, and you will reach a state of calm and self-awareness. The best part of takigyo, however, is the sense of accomplishment you will feel at the end.

Become one with nature and discover a new dimension of yourself. This experience program is available from October to March and requires advance registration. Please contact the Amanohashidate Tourism Association for details.



How to get there


From Tokyo Station, take the Shinkansen to Kyoto Station (about 2 hours and 10 minutes), then take a local train to Miyazu Station (about 2 hours). Kanabiki Waterfall is a 25 minute walk from Miyazu Station.


Takiba, Miyazu-shi, Kyoto



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