The 3-tiered Anmon Falls is a gorgeous part of a 3-hour trek through the dense Shirakami Sanchi, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site consisting of a forest of beech, maple, and pine trees.
Anmon Falls is one of the places in the Shirakami Sanchi that is accessible by public transportation.
From the Hirosaki Station, take a Konan bus bound for Tsugaru-Toge stopping at Aqua Green Village Anmon. The journey takes around 90 minutes.
From Aqua Green Village Anmon, you can hike to Anmon Falls in roughly one hour to the first of the three falls. The steep climb up mostly stairs takes 30 minutes. You should allow at least 3 hours for the round trip trek from the trailhead at Aqua Green Village Anmon.
The trail to Anmon Falls is closed from late November to late April.
The three falls of Anmon-no-taki are named by number. Ichi-no-taki, the first of the falls, is the furthest away, with the highest elevation and the longest, at 42 meters. Ni-no-taki, the second of the falls, is 37 meters, and San-no-taki, or the third of the falls, is 26 meters tall.
The hike up to San-no-taki can take one hour, more or less, where you can expect to cross the river several times over picturesque bridges. Enjoy the fresh air and natural surroundings.
The best time to visit Anmon Falls is in the fall, when the surrounding forest changes into bright yellow, orange, and red. The summer is also nice, as the cool air is welcoming from the hot humid weather of southern and central Japan.
Don't forget to budget the time to explore more of the Shirakami area. You don't want to miss seeing the mysterious, aqua blue Lake Aoike, part of the Juniko Twelve Lakes, as well as the rest of this pristine UNESCO World Natural Heritage site.