2023 : Early January – Early Feb
*Start date depends on how cold it is. (Usually the waterfall starts freezing from late Dec and melts by mid Feb)
*The waterfall is beautiful in other seasons as well (see photos below)
Schedule goes here.
Fukuroda Falls in Daigo town is one of the three most renowned waterfalls in Japan. It is beautiful all seasons, but particularly stunning in the winter when it starts to freeze ❄️.
With a hight of 120meters and a width of 73m it is a beautiful waterfall to experience when covered in ice. From the observation deck you can see the waterfall quite close up and if you are lucky you may even see ice-climbers trying to reach the peak 🧗.
There is a tunnel and elevator that takes visitors through the mountain to an observation deck that is so close to the waterfall you can get wet 💦 when there is a lot of water. There are also some short 🥾hiking courses starting from 500m -2km (10-90 min) as well as also longer courses 7-10km (2.5 -4hours) to enjoy the waterfall from different angles (some of these may be closed during winter).
The best chance you have to see the water fall freeze is in January!
Fukuroda Falls (袋田の滝)
3-19 Fukuroda, Daigo Town, Kuji-gun, Ibaraki Prefecture
From Fukuroda Station (JR Suigun Line)
Once you get to JR Fukuroda Station you can get a taxi (10 min) or take a bus by bus (10min to Takimoto 滝本) or you can walk for 40 min.
Please note, there are only 4 buses a day (one in the morning one at noon and two in the afternoon), so make sure you check your return bus time.
From Naka Interchange (Joban Expressway)
60 minutes drive up route 118 north from Naka IC on the Joban Expressway.
Parking costs 500 yen near the waterfall.