Shiraito Midwinter Light Up
A harmony of snow, water and light at Shiraito Falls
Shiraito Falls is located just north of the town of Karuizawa, a popular destination for its greenery and cooler summer temperatures. A visit in winter offers a completely different atmosphere, as the lush greenery is hidden under pillows of white snow.
Shiraito Falls is just three meters tall, but its 70-meter width is impressive. The white water continues to flow even in below-freezing temperatures as the falls are fed by the underwater flow of nearby volcanic Mt. Asama.
The Shiraito Midwinter Light Up event is held from late December to early March. This winter display highlights the illuminated falls' contrast with the starry night sky on crisp winter evenings.
How to get there
Karuizawa Station is a stop on the Hokuriku Shinkansen and is the closest major station to Shiraito Falls. From there, take a Karuizawa-Kusatsu Line bus for 20 minutes to the Shiraito Falls stop.
Held between late December to early March.
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