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Waterfalls

Kochi is blessed with natural beauty. Shikoku"s most famous rivers, the Shimanto, the Yoshino, and the Niyodo all run through mountain-ringed Kochi, producing stunning waterfalls. Three of those waterfalls rank among Japan"s top 100. They are very popular as sightseeing and relaxation spots.
Halfway up Mr. Kajigamori is "Ryuono Falls" or "Dragon King Falls," a waterfall surrounded by gigantic, multi-century-old cedar trees. A seemingly magical, beautiful place, the water drops more than 20 meters from the falls into the basin below. In winter, the falls freeze over, creating an austere scene. There are legends about the falls as well. One tale tells of a beautiful girl who transforms into a giant snake. Another legend holds that this is the place where the Japanese monk, Kukai, trained.
"Ootaru-no-Taki" or "Large Barrel Falls" is located along Otarudani River, a tributary of the Niyodo River. It owes its name to its powerful current, like barrels of water going over the falls. The beautiful, clear water runs along exposed granite before a stunning 34-meter drop down to the water basin below.
"Todoroki-no-Taki" or "Thunder Falls" is 82 meters tall, and the sparkling blue falls consist of three connected tiers. A virgin forest thrives beside the falls. Visitors can enjoy the way the scenery changes with the four seasons; cherry blossoms are visible in the spring, lush greenery in the summer, and colorful fall foliage in the autumn. Additionally, these falls are associated with the sad legend of a princess kidnapped by a giant serpent.
There are many other beautiful waterfalls as well. The basin of the "Nikobuchi" falls is a part of the drainage system for the Niyodo River, and is filled with aquamarine, "Niyodo Blue" water so otherworldly and gorgeous that it leaves visitors speechless. It is relatively well known among those in the know as a good spot for viewing "Niyodo Blue" water as it"s meant to be seen. Its mysterious colors change, appearing emerald green or blue depending on the weather and the light, mesmerizing visitors.

INFORMATION

FACILITY

Facility Name Address Access
Facility Name
Oodaru Falls
Address
Ochi Otsu, Ochi Town, Takaoka-gun
Access
JR Kochi Station to JR Sakawa Station (about 40 mins) to Oodaru Falls carpark (about 20 mins by car)
Facility Name
Todoro Falls
Address
Inonoyunoki, Kahoku-cho, Kami City
Access
About 70 mins by car from Nankoku IC on the Kochi Expressway
About 70 mins by car from Kochi Ryoma Airport
Facility Name
Ryuo Falls
Address
Sagayama, Otoyo Town, Nagaoka-gun
Access
About 50 mins by car from Otoyo IC on the Kochi Expressway
Facility Name
Uryu Falls (Nakatsu Gorge)
Address
Nanokawa, Niyodogawa Town, Agawa-gun
Access
About 70 mins by car from Ino IC on the Kochi Expressway
Facility Name
Mikaeri Falls (Yasui Gorge)
Address
Oya, Niyodogawa Town, Agawa-gun
Access
About 90 mins by car from Ino IC on the Kochi Expressway
Facility Name
Hiryu Falls (Yasui Gorge)
Address
Oya, Niyodogawa Town, Agawa-gun
Access
About 90 mins by car from Ino IC on the Kochi Expressway
Facility Name
Nikobuchi
Address
1278 Kiyomizukamibun, Ino Town, Agawa-gun
Access
About 55 mins by car from Ino IC on the Kochi Expressway
Facility Name
Amegaeri Falls
Address
Sedo, Tosa Town, Tosa-gun
Access
From Kochi City get off at the Otoyo IC on the Kochi Expressway then take National Route 439 towards Tosa Town, turning right 12 km past the Tosa Town Hall. Then take Prefectural Route 6. It is about 79 km.
*Approx. 43 km from the Otoyo IC on the Kochi Expressway.
Facility Name
Nagasawa Falls
Address
Yoshiuno-otsu, Tsuno Town, Takaoka-gun
Access
About 70 mins by car Susaki-higashi IC on the Expressway
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