There is something classically Japanese about the breathtaking sight of an immense waterfall. An official opening ceremony, consisting of prayers for its future safety, took place at Shomyo-daki (Shomyo Falls) on the 2nd of May, which included the opening of a new walkway reaching from the car park up to the Shomyo Bridge itself.
Thanks to this, it is now possible to get closer than ever to the stunning 350 metre falls, allowing visitors to truly feel the water’s sublime power.
The falls take on a different aspect across the seasons, with snow remaining well into spring time, lush green summers and beautiful red leaves in autumn.
The falls are created by melted snow pouring down from the peak of Mt. Tateyama– one of Japan’s Three Holy Mountains. The water only flows in such abundance in the spring season when the snow melts, which in addition creates the Hannoki Falls, flowing down at the right hand side. At this time, the two waterfalls flow down together in their characteristic, charming ‘v’ shape.
Open period for 2018: 2nd May – November (scheduled)
・Nearest car park: Shomyo chuushajo (free)
Approx. 20 – 30 minute walk along the walkway from the car park to the falls themselves.
・By public transport:
Shomyo Sightseeing Bus（from Tateyama station to Shomyo-daki bus stop (located by the car park)）
Journey time: approx. 20 mins.
Bus fare: standard – 500JPY, child – 250JPY
Timetables can be found here: