The Nikko area hosts numerous famous waterfalls that are easily accessible. One of the most striking is Kirifuri Falls near Kirifuri Highland. The unique bend and steepness of the waterfall and its beautiful forest location make it worth a side-trip.
Kirifuri means "falling mist," describing the effect caused by the water spray
The area is also popular for viewing autumn colors
Access is by rail and bus.
From either JR Nikko Station or Tobu Nikko Station, take the bus heading for Oozasa Bokujo. Get off at Kirifuri no Taki Iriguchi bus stop. It's just a 10- to 15-minute walk to the falls.
At 75 meters high, Kirifuri Falls is one of the area's most dramatic nature spots, though the viewing platform is quite far from the action. Bouncing off rocks as it plummets, the waters form multiple flows. When the water reaches the bottom, it creates a soft mist in the air. The area is most popular during fall for its vivid colors.
The waterfall has been enjoyed for hundreds of years and has often been the subject of many artists. Now, Kirifuri Falls is easily accessible by a 10-minute hike from the parking lot/bus stop to the observatory deck.