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Waterfalls of Tsuwano

It is said, that the lords of Tsuwano Domain, the members of the Kamei clan were very fond of waterfalls. They regulary visited the 4 waterfalls of Tsuwano for their beauty, and also as a refreshment from the summer heat. It is said that this love of the waterfall is expressed in the Hyakkeizu, as 4 drawings are indeed about these waterfalls, and some other drawings also contain waterfalls as a background. The drawings are the following

 

 

Naru Falls(67)

No. 67 Naru Falls

There is a waterfall in the Machida area of Tsuwano. Called “Naru falls”, the water drops about 16 meters. The water from this waterfall is exremely clean, so the residents of nearby areas such as Takinomae, Machida, Nakacho and Yokobori drink the water.
A long time ago, there was a Monju-do Hall and Shugen temple called the Joju-in, but in 1913, when Satoharu drew this, the Kotohira Shrine existed. This waterfall was also called “Niodo Falls”. A large number of bats live in caves near the falls. 

 

Naru Falls today

How to go there: The Naru Falls in not to far away from the old town, close to the Ougai MORI’s museum. It is about 20 minutes from the old town (maybe 35 from the station), it is a good walk, or we usually recommend a rental bicycle.
The GPS position of the waterfall is 34.458581, 131.772257 (or 34°27’30.9″N 131°46’20.1″E) and for the the link to a Google map click here

 

 

 

 

Shiraito Falls (56)

No. 56 Shiraito Falls

Shiraito (White thread) Falls is located in Takatamura area (now called Takamine area) of Tsuwano. When there is a large volume of water, the water falls over the projecting rocks directly into the warefall basin, just like unraveling thread. That is said to be origin of the name. Also, according to legend, when poet Izumi Shikibu gave birth to Koshikibu at nearby Shigoyabu, she used water from the falls for her baby’s first bath. The domain lord likely visited the falls on occasion to enjoy the coolness. The left side of the illustration shows a group of samurai viewing the falls. The one sitting on the folding stool is thought to be the domain lord. This is the few drawings that show the domain lord in person. Also, when you visit the waterfall, you can imagine walking in the steps of the lords of the past.

Shiraito Falls today

How to go there: The Shiraito Falls is in Tsuwano, close to the Washibara Hachimangu Horse Archery grounds. It is quite a hike from the station, would take about 40-45 minutes, thus taxi or rental bicycle is recommended.
The GPS position of the waterfall is 34.4538175, 131.7415242 (or 34°27’13.7″N 131°44’29.5″E) and for the the link to a Google map click here. It is difficult to find, a guide is recommended.

 

 

 

 

On Falls in Otada (77)

No. 77 On Falls in Otada

On the way from the castle town of Tsuwano to the Nichihara District, there is an area called Otada. In these mountains, there is a narrow valley and a stream that produces two warefalls: On Falls and Men Falls. In the Hyakkeizu, the waterfall that is on the near side of the footpath in On Falls. When you look up at the water falling from overhead, it seems as if you could catch it. As if white thread is stretching from red rocks, the flow is beautiful. 

 

 

Falls in Otada today

How to go there: This water fall is a bit out of the town, towards Masuda, in the vicinity of Nichihara area (part of Tsuwano town). It is only accessible with a car or a taxi, and the road leading up to the stream might be difficult to find. It takes about 25 minutes from Tsuwano to the parking space, and another 10 minutes up to the waterfall.
The !!approximate!! GPS position of the waterfall is 34.514258, 131.841778 (or 34°30’51.3″N 131°50’30.4″E) and for the the link to a Google map click here. It is difficult to find the waterfall, a guide is highly recommended.

 

 

 

 

 

Men Falls in Otada (78)

No. 78 Men Falls in Otada

On the back side of the footpath is Men Falls. It was a place that Lord Oki-no-kami Koremi often visited for pleasure, wrote Satoharu. As if sliding down toward you on a slope, the water of Men Falls can be seen up close. The thick, white water is impressive. It is rare to have such contrasting waterfalls so close together. Including this view, waterfalls are depicted in four view of the Hyakkeizu, which may provide a hint as to how much the domain lord loved waterfalls.

 

Men Falls today

How to go there: This water fall is a bit out of the town, towards Masuda, in the vicinity of Nichihara area (part of Tsuwano town). It is only accessible with a car or a taxi, and the road leading up to the stream might be difficult to find. It takes about 25 minutes from Tsuwano to the parking space, and another 10 minutes up to the waterfall.
The !!approximate!! GPS position of the waterfall is 34.5126471,131.8411321 (or 34°30’45.5″N 131°50’28.1″E) and for the the link to a Google map click here. It is difficult to find the waterfall, a guide is highly recommended.

 

More details:

For more information on the waterfalls, guides and interpreter services, please contact the Tsuwano Tourism Association at tsuwanok@tsuwano.net