日本での一年間

December 21, 2011

Dangyou Falls (壇鏡の滝)

My time to tour around on Dogo was very limited, but I did manage to see the Dangyou falls. We rented a car to get there and while I think it’s possible to get there without a car, even with a car it was a bit of an ordeal. The road was very narrow and I would have been even more spooked trying to ride the steep narrow road up the mountain on a bicycle. With the car we rented, I was constantly afraid of another car coming from the opposite direction. The road is 2-way, but it barely fits one car.

In the end, we made it to the waterfall completely unscathed. And the waterfall was beautiful, so it was worth the trip.

Before going to the waterfall, you are supposed to toss a stone onto one of these gates. It's harder than it looks to get a stone to stay on there!

Towards the waterfall

The sign says that this waterfall is one of the top 100 waterfalls in Japan.

More pictures after the jump (more…)

April 13, 2011

Ryuzugataki, a Japan Top 100 Waterfall

Japan likes to rank things, and then to brag about things ranked among the best. Japanese people flock to anywhere UNESCO has called a World Heritage Site, while most Americans I know don’t even know what a UNESCO World Heritage Site is. Ideally, things are in the top 3 or top 10, but for places like out here in the middle of nowhere, we’re willing to settle for the top 100. And my town brags about several places ranked in the top 100 in their category. I recently visited a top 100 waterfall.

I posted some pictures a few weeks ago about another waterfall, but that waterfall doesn’t make the top 100. The only accolade it has to brag about is being a Prefectural Site of Natural Beauty.  Ryuzugataki (竜頭が滝) is bigger and therefore more impressive. I guess that’s why it makes the top 100. There are 2 waterfalls there. The larger one is about 40 meters (141 ft) and the smaller is about 30 meters (98 ft). (They call them the male falls and the females falls, respectively.) We didn’t have time to visit both, so we just went to the bigger one.

I cant believe how small and insignificant it looks in the picture. Its actually 40 meters tall!

Hitting the water.

After looking at the waterfall from the front, we crossed these rocks so we could get a different view. My friend was wearing high heels! Not ideal footwear for hiking around waterfalls...

Looking at the waterfall from the side. You can also go sort of behind the waterfall to get an even more interesting view, but I didnt feel comfortable taking my camera with me.

Another view from the side.

April 11, 2011

Beware of Bear!

Last fall, I was hearing stories about people seeing bears almost every week. The little kids wear bells on their ransel backpacks to scare the bears away. With the weather warming up, those bear stories are sure to become common conversation again. I have been seeing a lot of these signs near waterfalls. Makes sense. Bears probably like waterfalls more than pachinko parlors. Stay safe everyone!

Beware of a bear! I like this easy to understand sign.

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