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The waterfalls of Nikko
2020.10.08

During our visit to Nikko, the weather was not the most desirable. It was cold and cloudy, rainy on some days and humid on others. There just was not any stable weather to be enjoyed. Dressing for a day out was therefore a nightmare. A few days into our trip, we decided to drive to the famous waterfalls of Nikko. Although it started off as a dry and sunny day, the weather changed in an instant. This did not deter us or other nature lovers and kids on school outings from squelching along muddy paths and huddling under rain coats or umbrellas in our quests to view the roaring bursts of water being shovelled down the mountains by giant, unseen arms.

Sketch artists sat quietly along the shore and patiently recreated on paper the soul-settling example of different forces of nature meshing and collaborating. Fishermen dangled their hooks in thigh-deep waters, hopeful for a tug on their lines. The most coveted spots for photographing the falls were like an eight a.m. traffic jam, just a constant back to back flow of pedestrians. The walkways were not only cleverly built to accommodate a large number of spectators but gave amateur photographers an unquestionable vantage point for the perfect snapshot. Dragonflies buzzed here and there; sometimes sitting calmly and observing the ebb and flow of man; posing effortlessly whilst exposing their beautiful colours and unique wing designs to the sharpness of a camera's lens.

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Our first stop was at the Ryuuzu Falls. Literally translated it means " Dragon's Head Waterfall" and it is no surprise why. The shape can be clearly seen as the water rapidly sluices the rock formations under it. It is a twin waterfall located upstream from the Yugawa River. It makes its way into Lake Yunoko and Lake Chuuzenji. At the base of the falls where the water empties, an observation deck and a glass walled restaurant with a gift shop were built. We sat for a very affordable vegetarian lunch at a long table overlooking this point.

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Ryuzu Waterfall is flanked by many trees which turn yellow and red during the autumn leaf season, adding to the fall's fiery, dragon-like appearance. Probably because of its shadowy location, Ryuzu Waterfall is one of the first spots in Nikko to see autumn colors. It is usually best in early October. Of course, we were visiting in August so we were way too early for that magical red and orange splendour. It is possible to follow the river upstream for about 300 meters along a walking trail and enjoy more views of the impressive river as it rushes towards the lake. Further beyond, the trail continues towards the Senjogahara Marshlands.

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Date posted :
2020.10.08
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