Shomyo Falls, Tateyama-machi

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Waterfall · Nature / Park
Shōmyō Falls (称名滝, Shōmyō-daki) are located in the town of Tateyama, Toyama Prefecture, Japan. Shōmyō-daki is the highest waterfall in Japan at 350 m (1,148 ft). The falls have four stages: the first 70 m, the second 58 m, the third 96 m and the last 126 m high. The greatest amount of water flows over the falls in the early mid summer, when the snow in the Tateyama Mountains melts.

Its neighbor, Hannoki Falls, is usually considered the seasonably tallest, as it only has water from April to July when the snow on Midagahara plateau melts. As seen in the photo, Hannoki and Shōmyō falls are twin waterfalls.

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  • Spectacular falls especially from far. It is the longest-highest falls in Japan at more then 300 meters.  more »
  • Making a 1-day return trip to Kurobe Dam from Tomaya, there was insufficient time to visit the Shomyo Falls directly, so I had to make do with viewing from a distance; on-board the Tateyama Highland.....  more »
  • It is the highest waterfall in Japan with a height of 350m. There is an excellent view from the bridge crossing over the river. If you go at the right time, you can see amazing rainbows (primary and secondary rainbows) because of the spray from the falls. Experiencing the chilling spray from the waterfall is also an amazing experience. On the whole, it is an excellent place to visit and understand nature. There is another waterfall beside it which is around 400 m, but, because it takes very less water down (and may not be there throughout the year), it is not considered as a proper waterfall. Otherwise, it would have been the highest waterfall!
  • Very beautiful area. Unfortunately road closed for vehicles

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