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Day Trip Ideas: Kanba no Taki

20,Aug 2015 Day Trip Ideas

Located in a prefectural national park in Maniwa City, Okayama Prefecture, Kanba Falls is a beautiful waterfall that has made it onto the list of top 100 Waterfalls in Japan.

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Kanba no Taki (神庭の滝) translates literally as ‘waterfall in the garden of the Gods’, and its majestic scenery certainly lends itself well to the name. Standing at 110m tall and 20m wide, it is also the biggest waterfall in Western Japan.

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Getting to the waterfall requires one to drive up a mountain road shaded by trees, and then take a short, easy walk along the promenade from the parking spots to the entrance. There, you pay the entrance fees to enter the park (¥300 for adults, ¥150 for children up to middle-school age), and then continue onwards.

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It takes about 10 minutes to walk into view of the waterfall. You can also climb close enough to stand right in front of the waterfall if you wish, though this is not advisable on rainy or icy days, for risk of slipping as well as rockfall.

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Apart from the beautiful scenery, the park is also occasionally visited by some 200 wild monkeys which live in the area nearby. The monkeys are not always there, but bringing pets and food into the area is disallowed in the event that the monkeys are present.

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Kanba Falls is located about 1.5 hours away from Kifu no Sato by car, and getting there and back requires going through toll roads (¥1200 per way). It is also possible to access the area by public transport in about 2 hours by taking a taxi from the ryokan to JR Hayashino and then riding the JR Kishin Line to JR Katsuyama Station, and then taking a taxi from JR Katsuyama to the Kanba no Taki Park.

It is very worth visiting whenever the weather is pleasant, and if you are in luck you might see some wild monkeys and their families and be able to take some very memorable pictures of the scenery and the monkeys. You can also extend the day trip by also visiting nearby Katsuyama Town, where you can perhaps have a meal and enjoy the town which is famous for noren, sake, and traditional old buildings with beautiful architecture. If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact Kifu no Sato.

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