Tracking Down Saitama’s Tallest Waterfall
Saitama Prefecture like neighbouring Tokyo has only one waterfall chosen as one of the 100 Japanese waterfalls of Japan way back in 1990. Whilst it’s not the easiest location to reach by public transport, those who do make the long trip out to see the Marugami Falls (丸神の滝 Marugami-no-taki) it doesn’t disappoint. The waterfall’s total height is 76 metres spread over three stages. We visited on a cold cloudy December afternoon and there wasn’t another person in sight. Apparently, there are few people who know about this waterfall including Saitama folk which makes it a great spot to enjoy some unspoilt nature. The Marugami Falls don’t feed massive amounts of water however its quiet, measured flow makes it a very beautiful waterfall.
Viewing the bottom stage from rest area.
The waterfall splits near the base.
Access: take a 18-minute bus ride from Mitsumineguchi Station to the Ogano machi Yakuba mae. Transfer and take a second bus bound for Shirai Nakaguchi (25 minutes) and get off at the Marugami Falls bus stop a 15-minute walk.