Kegon Falls

Kegon Falls, Nikko: Hours, Address, Kegon Falls Reviews: 4/5

09:00 - 16:30
Monday
09:00 - 16:30
Tuesday
09:00 - 16:30
Wednesday
09:00 - 16:30
Thursday
09:00 - 16:30
Friday
09:00 - 16:30
Saturday
09:00 - 16:30
Sunday
09:00 - 16:30
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Tatami53
Tokyo, Japan24 contributions
Mar 2022
Perhaps if you visit here on a day when the weather is perfect and there is no crowd, it might be something to do if you are in the area. But quite frankly, I did not find it to be the awesome experience that everyone else here is raving about. You have to spend ¥600 (about USD 4.58) to get into an elevator with a bunch of other people and descend into the bowels of the earth so you can get to a vantage point and see the waterfall. Once you are there, you can see the waterfall. That's it. You pay for an elevator ride to see it.

The day we were there was overcast and there was a crowd. Neither enhanced what *might* be a lovely experience. That said, you can actually see the waterfall (or part of it) for free (but not as well) without taking the elevator down.

Also, to access the elevator, you have to walk down a long, somewhat narrow hallway. I found the entire experience to be claustrophobic. Also, the whole thing felt like a tourist trap.

Yes, it's pretty, but quite honestly, one should be able to see this for free. But anything that can be monetized will be. So... if you have absolutely nothing to do and you are in the area and you are totally bewitched by waterfalls, this might be entertaining for you, with the emphasis on the word "might."
Written 9 May 2022
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Hiroaki Kaneko
Tokyo, Japan2,555 contributions
Sep 2021
言わずと知れた日光を代表する観光スポットの一つです。落差約100mを大量の水が一気に流れ落ちる様は、遠くから見ても見応えがあり、常に観光客が絶えず訪れるスポットの一つでもあります。
華厳の滝を鑑賞する展望設備は2か所あり、1か所は有料で専用のエレベーターで入口より約100m下の『観瀑台』まで降ります。もう一つは入口付近の展望台で、滝を眼下に見下ろすことが出来、こちらは無料で利用可能です。『観瀑台』では、滝より距離があるにもかかわらず滝の水しぶきを直に感じることが出来るため、例え真夏の日中であってもひんやりとしています。長居しすぎると髪や服がかなり濡れてしまうこともあるので注意が必要です。
いずれの季節も見応えがありますが、紅葉のシーズンは人が多すぎて、『観瀑台』へ降りるのに時間がかかりすぎたりうまく写真に収められなかったりと、少しガッカリするかもしれません。逆に冬は観光客もそれほど多くなく、雪に覆われた滝の美しい景色が見られます。運がいいと、氷瀑を見ることが出来るかもしれません!

It's one of the most famous tourist spots in Nikko. The sight of a large amount of water flowing down about 100 meters drop is spectacular even from a distance, and it's one of the spots that is always visited by tourists.
There are two observation decks where you can view Kegon Falls, one is a pay-per-use elevator that takes you down to the viewing platform about 100 meters below the entrance. The other is a viewing platform near the entrance, where you can look down on the waterfall, and it is free of charge. At the waterfall viewing platform, you can directly feel the spray of the waterfall even though it's far away from the waterfall, so it's cool even in the middle of the summer day. Be careful not to stay too long, as your hair and clothes may get very wet.
All seasons are worth seeing, but during the season of autumn leaves, you may be a little disappointed because there are too many tourists and it takes too long to get down to the viewing platform and take pictures. On the other hand, in winter, there are not so many tourists and you can see the beautiful scenery of the waterfall covered with snow. If you're lucky, you might even get to see an ice fall!
Written 3 October 2021
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Ramadurai R
Cincinnati, OH122 contributions
May 2021
It was so nice and refreshing to see this water fall! You have to go down on an elevator to see this water fall. Of course you are watching the waterfall from a platform and don't get the up-close view but still amazing to see this place, surrounded by lush green fauna
Written 4 June 2021
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Peter S
Brookfield, CT28 contributions
Dec 2019
I was not expecting much from Kegon Falls - we were there near the end of fall and much of the foliage at the top of the mountain was already gone. It was right down the road from our ryokan but we decided to drive over anyway as it was chilly and we were going to head down the mountain afterward. The grounds have quite a few small food stalls and gift shops and it was not too busy when we went in mid-November. Seeing the top of the falls was free assuming you were not paying for parking and that was pretty impressive on it's own. There was an extra charge for the long elevator ride to the bottom, but the view from below was even better than expected! Overall a good 1.5-2 hours spent in total, some decent snacks, and a few small items purchased for my kids back home.
Written 19 November 2020
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Mark M
Minato, Japan51 contributions
Aug 2020 • Friends
A pretty waterfall, bar the queues and crowds. Worthwhile nonetheless. The elevator ride to the bottom. It necessary tbh
Written 17 August 2020
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bengmeliamo
Osaka, Japan552 contributions
May 2020 • Couples
During Covid19 closed down time, we had the place ourselves pretty much. There were only 2 other parties besides us.
Must buy about 600 yen ticket to ride the elevator which takes you about 100 meters down from the ground level. Getting out of the elevator, it's chilled suddenly and misty. Walked though the tunnel, there he is, so beautiful!
There are not much spaces to walk around just to look from the front of it and admire the beauty.
When you visit other water falls, you can understand why this is male waterfall.
Written 14 May 2020
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SteveS1970
Coventry, UK7,100 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
These falls will definitely be on your itinerary if you are passing through. Beautiful falls with two viewing platforms. Shops have been built close by so well worth a look.
Written 26 March 2020
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EllieChor
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia8 contributions
Jan 2020
If they said this is the third most beautiful waterfall in the entire of Japan.. I cannot imagine how the first and second would look like. The view was worth the trip for and just a short walk with a couple of steps to take. But nothing too difficult in the Japanese walking standards.
Written 13 February 2020
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Madshus
Canberra, Australia1,275 contributions
Feb 2020
I was kind of expecting an icy waterfall, but the winter in the Nikko area has not been cold enough. The waterfall nonetheless was quite beautiful. Not difficult to reach; very accessible from the bus.
Written 6 February 2020
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cobbdouglas
Philippines90 contributions
Jan 2020
The weather wasn't too cold to make the falls freeze over, but even without the fall foliage, the Kegobn Falls are a beauty to behold. You can pay for an elevator ride that takes you to the base of the falls (makes for good photos), but I think you can best appreciate how majestic the falls are from the free viewdeck.
Written 6 February 2020
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