Cascading from the spring waters of nearby Mount Fuji, Shiraito Falls is a wide waterfall standing 20 meters high. Located in Fujinomiya, it is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and is a protected Japanese National Monument. It is is a tranquil natural space, unique in its 150 meter width, and is consistently ranked among the most beautiful waterfalls in Japan.
The water moves down the rocks and moss in thin streams resembling white silk, which is where the waterfall get its name. At the base is a deep blue pool of calm water that makes for excellent photographs. It is best to visit in the summer, when the greenery is lush and the falls are heavy with water melted from Mount Fuji snow. It’s also beautiful in the autumn season when the leaves change, but can be visited year-round.
Get there by bus from either the Shin-Fuji Station or Fujinomiya Station, heading toward Fuji Five Lakes. There is also a one way trip departing from Kawaguchiko Station. Once there, visitors can walk to the falls easily in a few minutes via a marked path. Another waterfall (Otomo Falls) is a five minute walk from here.