Kegon Falls: The charm of Nikko’s natural beauty and magnificent waterfalls│Tochigi Japan

Japan is full of beautiful natural scenery, and waterfalls are one of the places that symbolize the grandeur and beauty of nature.

Kegon Falls in Nikko City is particularly famous among these waterfalls, attracting many visitors from all over Japan.

In this article, we will explore the charm and characteristics of Kegon Falls, focusing on its beautiful seasonal scenery, safe tourist spots, and historical value.


Overview of “Kegon Falls”

Kegon Falls is located in Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture, and is one of the most famous of the 48 waterfalls around Nikko.

This waterfall is a demonstration of the magnificent power of nature as the water from Lake Chuzenji falls down a 97 meter high cliff in one fell swoop, and its majesty and beautiful form coexist.


Kegon Falls is located at the only outlet of the Otani River, which flows from Lake Chuzenji, which was dammed by the eruption of Mt. Nantai.

With a height of 97 meters, it is considered one of Japan’s top three waterfalls, and together with Yutaki and Ryuzu Falls, it is also called the Three Great Falls of Oku-Nikko.

Together, these are sometimes referred to as the Five Great Falls of Nikko.

Origin of name

This waterfall gets its name from the Buddhist scripture called Kegon Sutra, and there are other waterfalls around Kegon Valley such as Agon Falls, Hodo Falls, Hannya Falls, and Nirvana Falls.

It is believed that these waterfalls were named after the five o’clock teachings.

Amount of water falling from a waterfall

The amount of water falling from the waterfall is said to be on average 3 tons every second, and it increases or decreases depending on the season.

The amount of water is regulated by controlling the amount of water from the Ojiri River and by a hydroelectric power plant, and underground water comes out from the middle part, making the waterfall known as Junidaki, which does not dry up throughout the year.

The beauty of Kegon Falls and the scenery of each season

The most amazing feature of Kegon Falls is its beautiful basin and spectacular waterfall height.

The basin of the waterfall can be seen up close from the viewing platform, which can be accessed by elevator, and its impact is truly overwhelming.

The moment when the sound of the explosion hits your ears along with the spray of water from the waterfall is truly a sight to behold.

The scenery of Kegon Falls changes by visiting during different seasons of the year.

In May, the fresh greenery is spectacular, in June, many house swallows fly around the waterfall, and from January to February, the entire small waterfall called Junidaki freezes over, turning it colored with blue ice.

The seasonal scenery provides visitors with entertainment and enhances the beauty of the waterfall.

Consideration for tourism at Kegon Falls

Kegon Falls boasts overwhelming beauty, but it is also designed with tourism in mind.

There is a paid Kegon Falls elevator for tourists installed around the waterfall, and from the viewing platform where you take the elevator down, you can see the basin of the waterfall up close.

Elevator parking is also available for easy access.

There is also a viewing platform on the north bank of the valley where you can get a panoramic view of the falls.

Furthermore, the Akechidaira Ropeway runs from the middle of Daini Irohazaka Hill, and you can enjoy the beautiful scenery from Akechidaira.

The observation deck of Akechidaira in the distance is a great vantage point from which to view Lake Chuzenji and Mt. Nantai along with the waterfall.

Basic information about “Kegon Falls”

InfoKegon Falls
 2479-2 Chugu Shrine, Nikko City,
 Tochigi Prefecture
Business hours
 Kegon Falls Elevator
 December 1st to the last day of February
 2nd 9:00 to 16:30
 *March 1st to April 30th 8:00 to 17:00
 *May 1st to September 30th 8:00 to 17:00
 *October 1st – October 31st, November 1st –

  November 30th 8:00 – 17:00
 *Business hours may change.

Kegon Falls Elevator (round trip fee)
Adults: 570 yen
(junior high school students and above)
340 yen for elementary school students,
free for under elementary school students
*Other group discounts available
Parking lot
 Parking available
 Tel:0288-55-0030 (Kegon Falls Elevator)

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