Attraction 竜頭の滝, Chugushi Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture 321-1661 Japan Published on: 27-02-2016
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Why Ryuzu Waterfall is special ?
Ryuzu waterfall is a great starting point for several hikes; Senjogahara (to Yumoto Onsen), Takayama and Lake Sai. See the hiking summary page for more information.
It is located on the bus road and on the main road to Senjogahara, Yumoto Onsen and Lake Yu. Due to it's location, there can be traffic jams there as it becomes the bottle neck.
Ryuzu waterfall is one of the most photographed places in Nikko throughout the year. Yet in October, the autumn leaves there make it the #1 most photogenic location to see fall foliage in Nikko.
What to explore at Ryuzu Waterfall?
Ryuzu Waterfall is flanked by many trees which turn yellow and red during the autumn leaf season, adding to the fall's fiery, dragon-like appearance. Probably because of its shadowy location, Ryuzu Waterfall is one of the first spots in Nikko to see autumn colors. It is usually best in early October.
The waterfall is viewed free of charge from a small observation deck in the back of a rest house that also contains a souvenir shop and a food stand. It is possible to follow the river upstream for about 300 meters along a walking trail and enjoy more views of the impressive river as it rushes towards the lake. Further beyond, the trail continues towards the Senjogahara Marshlands.
How to get to Ryuzu Waterfall?
From JR or Tobu Nikko Station, take a Tobu bus bound for Yumoto Onsen and get off at the Ryuzu no taki bus stop. The one way bus ride takes about one hour, costs 1400 yen and is covered by the All Nikko Pass.
A 2-day pass for unlimited bus rides between Nikko and Senjogahara is available for 2650 yen at Tobu Nikko Station. Likewise, a 2-day pass for unlimited bus rides between Nikko and Yumoto Onsen is available for 3000 yen.
- Small fall near carpark
- Beautiful view in autumn
- The famous dragon beard waterfall
- Nice place to walk around
- Beautify autumn leaves
竜頭の滝, Chugushi Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture 321-1661 Japan
Tips for you
It was busy when we visited but there was still plenty of space to take photos and observe the beginning of the autumn colours. After the falls we walked east along the lake until the boat house and caught the ferry back to the main village.