Written by Dan Lewis
Originally from the state of Alaska in the USA, Dan Lewis is a long-term resident of Japan. He has lived in Mie, Ishikawa and Gifu Prefecctures, and currently resides in Nagoya, the capitol city of Aichi Prefecture. Dan is an avid fan of technology and nature - two areas that Japan is blessed with! He loves taking "the road less traveled" and discovering new places.
The climb to the top of the first waterfall（Fudo waterfall） wasn't particularly difficult but I gained a sense of what's to come. The path itself is rather easy to walk as it was well made and had few unstable areas.
There were people pausing their hikes, preparing to take pictures along the riverside. There really are so many opportunities for good photos.
As the valley walls are very steep, there are only a few places where the sun breaks through. Now, in February, direct sunlight is a welcome respite from the cool 5° air temperature. Apparently, it gets to be about 20°C during May, and the valley is flush with green. Although that sounds like the ideal time to visit, the colder season is also quite beautiful.
I am now ten minutes into the hike, but my body hasn't quite warmed up yet, I recommend wearing at least thin gloves and a knit hat.
One stretch of the river is covered with huge boulders with multiple waterfalls flowing between them. It's as if there were some type of giant boulder gathering just in this one place. Playing on the large rocks and boulders in the middle of the river is allowed, even swimming in the pools is OK, the most Japanese won't do it.These waters are considered sacred.
Just remember that the water is very cold, and you'll want to towel when you get finished some of the steps are quite steep and almost none of them are uniform, you'll need to keep an eye on your where you place your foot.
It's easy to forget the present world as your feelings are washed back in time by the endless flow of the river. It's not so noticeable at the bottom of the valley, but as you climb you will notice a constant breeze pushing its way between the valley walls, almost as if to erase your memories with it’s refreshing flavor.
We turned back after the third large waterfall and made the round trip hike in about 50 minutes.
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