Hiking to the Hyakuhiro Waterfall in Okutama
On a dreary overcast day last week I decided to check out a towering waterfall in the Okutama watershed. One of the major drawcards hiking Mount Kawanori is passing by the rather impressive Hyakuhiro Waterfall 百尋の滝. Located in a rather remote corner of Okutama near the Nippara limestone cave the waterfall drops 40 metres in an upstream portion of the Kawakoketani River.
From the Kawanoribashi bus stop walk along the gated Kawanori Forestry Way for 45 minutes to the first rest stop. Recently the hiking trail suffered landslide damage and requires a further 30 minutes of roadside walking from here. Look out for a signpost veering off to the right which heads down to the waterfall.
Negotiating the wooden steps to the waterfall’s plunge pool thankfully has some ropes to grab hold of to steady your footing in the wet. Not surprisingly, I could enjoy the waterfall without the usual hordes of hikers that no doubt congregate in better weather. Wintertime photos show the falls frozen, though they can be accessed and enjoyed anytime of the year.
Access: take a 15 minute bus ride from Okutama Station (bus stop 1) and get off at the Kawanoribashi bus stop (260 yen)..