Kegon Waterfall – Japan
Kegon Falls is located at Lake Chuzenji in the Nikko National Park near the city of Nikko in Japan.
The flow of the Daiya River was formed by lava flows, that then leads to the 97 meter drop, creating Kegon Falls, that is one of the largest waterfall in Japan.
There are also around 12 other smaller water falls near and behind Kegon Falls. There is a free observation platform that allows you to admire the views, this can be reached on foot. Alternately there is also a paid platform at the base of the falls, to give you better views. You need to take the 100 meter deep elevator to get to it.
The sight of the lake and the falls together can be enjoyed from Akechidaira Observatory, which is accessible by a ropeway from Akechidaira Plateau.
Kegon Waterfall is popular in autumn, when you can enjoy the autumn colors of nature.
Unfortunately it is also a popular spot for people to commit suicide after the story of Misao Fujimura’s suicide was sensationalised. You can find his famous farewell poem carved on the trunk of a tree before his jump from Kegon Falls.
After visiting the falls, you can visit the township of Nikko that is well known for it’s historical attractions like the Toshogu Shrine, Rinnoji Temple and Taiyun Mausoleum. Such structures have earned World Heritage status.
Kegon Waterfall Japan