Haha-no-Shirataki Waterfall

The Sacred Power of Haha-no-Shirataki Waterfall

In addition to our recent visit to the Tenku-no Torii (Torii Gate in the Sky), we also made a stop at the Haha-no-Shirataki Waterfall (Mother’s White Waterfall) located nearby. It’s definitely worth a visit, offering an restful escape and a touch of history. For centuries, the waterfall has been revered as a ‘power spot’, believed to invigorate mind and body. Since the Heian period (794-1185), worshippers preparing to climb Mt. Fuji purified themselves at this waterfall and prayed for safe journeys before descending to Kawaguchi Asama Shrine for further purification rituals.

Haha-no-Shirataki Waterfall.


Reaching the waterfall requires a short climb up a well-maintained trail from the Kawaguchi Asama Shrine. The hike itself isn’t too taxing, offering a chance to immerse yourself in the natural surroundings of the forest. For those seeking a bit more adventure, a staircase near the main waterfall leads to another cascade – the Chichi-no-Shirataki, or “Father’s White Waterfall”. The Haha-no-Shirataki waterfall occasionally freezes during mid-winter, creating a mesmerising sight.

Chichi-no-Shirataki Waterfall.

Need to Know:

  • The Haha no Shirataki (Mother’s White Waterfall) is situated along the Mt. Mitsutoge mountain trail, following the route past the Kawaguchi Asama Shrine.
  • From the Tenku-no Torii parking lot is a 10-minute walk or a 40-minute hike up from the Kawaguchi Asama Shrine. Note the road leading to the Tenku-no Torii parking lot, which provides access to the waterfall, can be narrow. Drive with caution.



  Access: The nearest bus stop is the Kawaguchiko Post Office bus stop (河口局前), 10-minute bus ride and 310 yen from Kawaguchiko Station.