close

Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
Shinetsu
Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Nature

Anmon Falls 暗門の滝

A highlight of the Shirakami Sanchi in western Aomori Prefecture

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.

Don't Miss

  • Ichi-no-taki Falls, the largest of the three waterfalls
  • Aqua Green Village Anmon, a fun place for families

How to Get There

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.

From small to big

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.

Visit in autumn if you can

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.

While you're in Shirakami Sanchi

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.

Keywords