See the Incredible Kegon Falls


A stream of spray and foam plunging into mountains and forest, Japan’s Kegon Falls is the overflow of the Oshiri River and Lake Chūzenji. Head into Nikko National Park in the Tochigi Prefecture and you’ll encounter the 97-meter shower fall into rainbow-filled pools, as well as 12 other smaller trickles to the sides of the main waterfall.

Sadly, Kegon Falls is also infamous for suicides. A Japanese philosophy student and poet took his own life at this site after writing his farewell poem onto the trunk of a nearby tree in 1903. The story was widely circulated and romanticized, leading to a number of copycat incidents from Japanese youth.

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