Fukugawa Falls

CONTRIBUTED BY QUENTIN RICHARDSON

For those seeking adventure, Fukugawa falls is a great place to visit. Be prepared to hike, climb and swim all in one trip. You can also walk upstream to just to visit the falls to take pictures or even picnic along the route.

Fukugawa Trail
Fukugawa Trail

This site can serve as a great river trekking adventure if you are prepared. However, it is more dangerous and longer than the Taa Waterfall in Ogimi Village. First, bring a lot of bug spray and something to ward off the massive amount of spider webs. Next, footwear is important! Wear water-resistant shoes with a solid sole and good traction. Light, long sleeve shirts and pants help against mosquitoes. For safety reasons, do not travel this route alone. Finally, take your time and trek in the river (the second stretch) as much as you can unless you see flat ground. By the way, the water is COLD!

Fukugawa Group Trail
Fukugawa Group Trail

The Fukugawa Falls: The First Stretch

After passing the sign, there will be a long trail leading down to the first waterfall. Stay on the trail. You will walk downhill passing a flower farm, you cross over the stream via a bridge marking the halfway point. Continue down the path and you will reach the picnic area. The trail then turns into steps climbing a hill, at the hill’s summit you will be able to see the falls and its pool. Continue down the hill for Fukugawa Falls I. You can swim here and take pictures without worrying about crowds, since not too many people visit here.

The Fukugawa Falls: The Second Stretch

The start of this stretch begins at the top of the hill before the first set of falls. It will be a clearing on the left. WARNING! This trail is dangerous for young children (and adults who are not careful). It quickly climbs and wraps around the first waterfall and ends near to top of the fall. You can actually walk over to the edge of the waterfall and watch the water fall into the pool below (NEAT!).

The route upstream is now about 45 minutes to the next waterfall. Be prepared to get at least waist high deep in the stream in some areas and climbing up rocks in others, but stay in the stream as much as possible (usually easier). The rocks are very slippery, even when dry, so be careful. Once you reach the final destination, do not trek any farther. The waterfall here is very impressive and also has a pool to swim in.

Fukugawa Above Falls
Fukugawa Above Falls

Bring a waterproof camera, if not be careful since both falls seem to spray out. Also, a little backpack would be a smart thing to have since you will need both of your hands to balance yourself or support you along the trail. Since the area is deep in the mountains, cell phone reception doesn’t exist (at least for SoftBank users). Also check out Hiji Falls.

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You will see stairs under a torii gate at the beginning of this left turn, drive past a few farms and end at a T-intersection where the trail begins.

9 COMMENTS

  1. Great experience. We were lucky to ask some locals where the entrance was (there is a chain over the entrance). Just go down the path. Lots of overgrowth on the trails and lots of banana spiders. Come prepared. We also brought our dog and we made it to the second waterfall and he jumped in to go swim. He usually hates water but he overcame his fears once he saw me swimming.

  2. So the directions kinda skip a part. They say turn at the radio, and then the road will end in an intersection. It took us about 30 min to find the falls this ways. Here is a revision with landmarks and mileage. So after you take that left at the radio antenna, go about 1 km and you will go into the tunnel. After the tunnel, about 2 km down is a gravestone monument, take that road to the left. THEN you will see the Torii gate to your left and you are on the right track. About 1-2 km down you will see the stone monument on your right, and that is about 3/4 the way. You soon come to the dead end (T-intersection) and the entrance is right there, and you can see the chain across the trail.

  3. Both falls are amazing. The trek up to the second falls is definitely not for small children. LOTS of spider webs, so take Something to take them down to get through.

  4. (1) If you are misled by the pin, yes, it is in the wrong spot.

    (2) Here are updated directions:

    Drive north on Hwy 58 and turn right at Kawakami intersection wihch is immediately after a small car dealership, there is a small grey statue on the right side after the light

    Turn left on the bridge after the building with the radio antenna, follow this road under the tunnel, past Haneji Dam until you reach Makiya village.

    From there…. use the road mapped out with this google link:

    http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=26.628607,128.038833&daddr=26.608050,+128.053795&hl=en&sll=26.628629,128.039458&sspn=0.001738,0.002401&geocode=Ff9RlgEdsbehBw%3BFbIBlgEdI_KhBw&dirflg=d&mra=ltm&t=m&z=15

    You will see stairs under a torii gate at the beginning of this left turn, drive past a few farms and end at a T-intersection where the trail begins. Hope this helps

  5. Yeah, my family tried this out on Mother’s Day and were not successful in locating the falls. Updated directions would be awesome!

  6. These are probably the worst directions ever !
    They lead to somewhere that is nowhere near where you need to go, it tells you to turn down the wrong street and then leads you to a run down path that is difficult to navigate. I suggest redoing them or taking them down, Because many more will try and use these directions and get lost like I did.

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