Kawazu 7 Waterfalls
The Kawazu Nanadaru are seven waterfalls in the mountains above Kawazu Town in southeastern Izu.
The waterfalls, ranging from the largest one; 30 meter tall Odaru (Large Waterfall) to the smallest; 2 meter tall Kanidaru (Crab Waterfall).
There is a hiking path along the river to visit these waterfalls, which extends for a total of 1km roughly. This beautiful area is one of the best examples of untouched natural surroundings.
These falls are located upstream on the Kawazu River and are called Kamadaru, Ebidaru, Hebidaru, Shokeidaru, Kanidaru, Deaidaru and Odaru Falls in order from upstream.
The other waterfalls have abundant water volumes, and are even more lovely in the spring and autumn seasons. And I would love to picture what it’ll be like during winter. Imagine a frozen waterfall in the snow! All the seven waterfalls can be viewed from the pleasant walking trail.
This trail leads visitors looking for an adventure, a journey about 1km, that hikes through the forest.
Along the walking trail visitors come across several beautiful statues that depict the heroine of the famous short story of the past; “Izu no Odoriko” (The Izu Dancer, 1926), one of several works by Kawabata Yasunari (1899-1972).
This beautiful story by Kawabata, was set in this area of the Izu Peninsula.
Kawabata won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1968.
At the base of the trail visitors can spot the small hot spring resort Nanadaru Onsen and the imposing Kawazu Nanadaru Loop Bridge, a two storied spiral bridge along National Route, that’s 414 high above the valley floor.
The Kawazu Seven Waterfalls can be reached in a 25 minute bus ride from Kawazu Station (580 yen) or a one hour bus ride from Shuzenji (1370 yen).
Buses run once or twice per hour.
One day, 7 Waterfalls
One such amazing spot is the Kawazu Nanadaru, hidden in the mountains above the small town of Kawazu in southeastern Izu and 100km southwest of Tokyo. As we found out on our recent trip during my birthday, the place does have a unique charm to it.
The Seven Waterfalls can be conveniently reached by a 20-25 min bus ride straight from the Kawazu station along the Izukyu train line.
There are actually two bus-stops for the area.
The former is known as “Kawazu Nanadaru” at the base before the Nanadaru spiral loop bridge, and the latter “Mizudare” which is after the big spiral loop bridge and atop the walking trail connecting these falls.
We chose to alight at the second stop and walk the way downhill, meandering through the woods and waterfalls.
Regardless of the rain, we were welcomed by an amazing view which reminded me of the stories told in legendary poems, but thankfully unlike the underlying confusion always found in these poems.
As soon as we entered the trail, we were happy to find many signboards conveniently placed all through the trail pointing out the hidden locations of the waterfalls.
For the first waterfall, we had to walk down a series of steps, safely bound by log-fences, taking us closer and closer to the mighty falls.
There were strategically marked points to take the best shot of and in front of all the falls, which range from the 30 meter Odaru (Large Waterfall) to the 2-meter Kanidaru (Crab Waterfall).
The whole length of walking trail, about 1km long felt quite adventurous and at times, dangerous too – the heavy rain definitely contributed to this factor!
Yet, it was really fun and serene at the same time too.
And of course, not to mention romantic also. Outside the tourist season, you’ll probably not meet anyone else and you can enjoy private moments with your loved one here!
There were many statues depicting the heroine of the short story “Izu no Odoriko”. “Izu no Odoriko” means: “The Izu Dancer” and is one of the many stories written by famous Nobel Laureate Kawabata Yasunari.
Somewhere midway through the hiking trek, you will see a “bird’s nest/dinosaur eggs/mini volcano/eggs in a basket”…shaped formation, in the middle of the waterfall’s stream. It is non of the above “nonsense”. Here’s what it actually is and how it works.
Firstly, you offer a donation into a box. Next, you take a lucky blessed pebble in the huge buckets below. Make a wish. Then aim…. Throw….and hope your rock lands in the middle of the “bird’s nest”! And if it did, congratulations!!
Your wish will come true!
As Japanese society is based on trust, there’s no one here to observe you so although you can take one pebble for free, your wish probably wouldn’t come true even if you managed to land that pebble into the “bird’s nest”.
There were few places to sit and rest towards the end of the trail if you’re looking for a bench or chair. And if not for the rain, we would have already sat on the ground watching the waterfalls go by.
But finally at the base there is a reward for those who completed the course and is looking for a well deserved rest; the Nanadaru Onsen is specially for those who want to soak in some warm, steamy, hot spring delight!
And let me tell you even without Nanadaru Onsen, Kawazu Nanadaru is just the perfect treat for aspiring nature photographers!
So, friends, if you are heading towards Izu anytime soon, make sure to check out this awesome place.
I’m pretty sure you will be rewarded with a well-spent tranquil afternoon drinking in the joy of these gorgeous waterfalls amid the beautiful dense woods!
P.S. It’s always better to have a weather check for the trip, as this place in the woods can get really slippery during the rains. We experienced it for ourselves!! In such inclement conditions a few sections of the trail may be prohibited for the safety of the visitors however, it seems we didn’t give a wet S**T about it! =)
(Pun not intended*)
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