Located beneath Hotel New Shiobara in the Monzen area of Shiobara onsen (hot spring) town, Shichigen-no-taki waterfall is so named due to its resemblance to seven Japanese harp-strings leaning against a wall (‘shichigen’ means ‘seven strings’ in Japanese).
The famous novelist Jun’Ichiro Tanizaki notably stayed in a house at the waterfall’s edge, owned by one Ume Miyamoto. When Tanizaki returned to the same house thirty six years later, Miyamoto was still alive and so Tanizaki decided to write a ‘tanka’ (form of haiku) poem in celebration of her longevity.
The best time to witness the waterfall in its icy magnificence is normally during the coldest period of the year, from January to February.
Location: 705 Shiobara, Nasushiobara, along Hoki river (parking available at Shiobara Onsen Koryu Hiroba)
Enquiries: Nasushiobara Tourism Bureau 0287-46-5326