Japan loves to rank places and things. There’s the top 100 mountain peaks, there’s the big three sights of Matsushima, Amanohashidate, and Miyajima, and of course there is the top 100 waterfalls in Japan. They don’t seem to rank in order of which is best, but more give out a top 10, 20 or 100.

Naena Waterfall near Myoko Kogen rates among the top 100 water falls in Japan.

While most popular in fall, where the cascade is surrounded by the yellow and red autumn tree leaves, Naena Falls can be visited year round. Although in winter access can be limited in heavy snow falls, and local guides are recommended.

The water tumbles some 55m on the Seki River into an emerald pool before flowing further downstream and eventually into the sea of Japan. the sound of the water hitting the pool is like thunder.


The Car park at Naena Falls is about 15 minutes drive from central Akakura.

There are a few bus services but they are not regular. If you have a rental car then access is easy, just drive to the car park and walk). Taxi is another option, but make sure you book a return with the driver before you part at the car park

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