See the Incredible Hannoki Falls & Shomyo Falls


Japan’s twin waterfalls, Hannoki and Shomyo, are separated and reunited each year in a natural cycle. The tallest waterfall in the country, Shomyo drops through four stages to a total of 350 meters. Shomyo’s neighbor, Hannoki, is the country’s tallest seasonal waterfall, tumbling 497 meters.

Hannoki is fed by the melting snow of the Midagahara plateau, which flows to join Shomyo between April and July in a pleasing V-shape. Visit during Koyo (fall’s leaf-changing season) or Sakura (spring’s cherry-blossom season) for the most picturesque views.

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