Watagataki Waterfall is named after the word for cotton, ‘wata’, because the foaming waterfall looks like fluttering cotton. The water falls a dramatic 32 meters, surrounded on all sides by sheer cliffs. A lookout is available east of the waterfall, but the best view spot is in the gorge, which can be accessed by a steep staircase. A restroom, and picnic facilities are available beside the carpark.
The surrounding gorge was formed by the powerful erosive power of the Tedori River. The bright white and grey rocks of the canyon make for beautiful scenery. You can also see eroded landforms, a fault and joints on the riverbed. The waterfall is fed by a small river that runs through the terraces above the gorge.
A parking lot is available for visitors.
Watagataki Waterfall is located along the Tedori Canyon Road cycling path, approximately 15km (Approx. 70 min ride) from Tsurugi, where bicycles can be rented.
See our access page for how to access Tsurugi and the Tedori Canyon Road, and where to rent bicycles from: Access
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