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VIDEO: Okukuji in Japan’s Ibaraki Prefecture a great tourist attraction year-round 

by Staff

Fukuroda Falls (Photo by Takahiro Takiguchi)

Hidden away at the northeastern end of Kanto Plain, Ibaraki Prefecture’s Okukuji area boasts beautiful waterfalls, the country’s largest pedestrian suspension bridge and plenty more.

In the fall season, Okukuji is teeming with visitors wanting to enjoy the peak crimson and golden foliage on the surrounding landscape. However, there are many other reasons to visit Okukuji no matter what time of year.

While driving along the area made up of mountains and valleys, you can drop by one of the small restaurants or souvenir shops dotted along the road to sample local delicacies, such as soba noodles and shishamo chicken dishes.

In the center of the Okukuji area, Tsukimachi Falls is an impressive 17-meter-high and 12-meter-wide waterfall. Maple trees surround this roaring attraction which look brilliantly colorful in the fall, but also stunning in the spring and summer.

Tsukimachi Falls

Tsukimachi Falls (Photo by Takahiro Takiguchi)

Tsukimachi Falls

Tsukimachi Falls (Photo by Takahiro Takiguchi)

Tsukimachi Falls

Tsukimachi Falls (Photo by Takahiro Takiguchi)

Nearby is another impressive attraction, the Ryujin Bridge. This suspension bridge stretches 375 meters and is the longest pedestrian bridge in the country. As you walk across, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Hitachi Mountain Range and the Namase River. If you’re a thrill-seeker, there is bungee jumping off the 100-meter-high bridge, too.

Ryujin Bridge

Ryujin Bridge (Photo by Takahiro Takiguchi)

Ryujin Bridge

Ryujin Bridge (Photo by Takahiro Takiguchi)

Ryujin Bridge

Ryujin Bridge (Photo by Takahiro Takiguchi)

Ryujin Bridge

Ryujin Bridge (Photo by Takahiro Takiguchi)

If you still didn’t have your fill of waterfalls, check out another Okukuji attraction, Fukuroda Falls. This is one of Japan’s three most majestic waterfalls and at 120 meters tall and 73 meters wide, you’ll be able to see why. This waterfall is often called “yodo no taki” (literally, a waterfall to visit four times a year), as its beauty is different every season. Here you can enjoy the waterfall with cherry blossoms in the spring, lush greenery in the summer, gorgeous colors in the fall and icy beauty in the winter. Additionally, in the winter, Fukuroda Falls has illuminations to add an opportunity to experience its beauty at night.

Fukuroda Falls

Fukuroda Falls (Photo by Takahiro Takiguchi)

Fukuroda Falls

Fukuroda Falls (Photo by Takahiro Takiguchi)

Fukuroda Falls

Fukuroda Falls (Photo by Takahiro Takiguchi)

Fukuroda Falls

Fukuroda Falls (Photo by Takahiro Takiguchi)

Fukuroda Falls

Fukuroda Falls (Photo by Takahiro Takiguchi)

Fukuroda Falls

Fukuroda Falls (Photo by Takahiro Takiguchi)

For a great photo opp, go through the pedestrian tunnel to reach the multilevel observation platforms.

Okukuji is a great area to visit in fall and throughout the year, and from most of Kanto bases, it is only within a three-hour drive away!  

Tsukimachi Falls

Location: Kawayama, Daigo Town, Kuji-gun, Ibaraki Prefecture

URL

Tel: 0295-72-0285

Ryujin Suspension Bridge

Location: 2133 -6 Tenkano Twon, Hitachiota City, Ibaraki Prefecture

Admission: ages 12 or older, 320 yen, elementary and middle schoolers, 210 yen

URL

Tel: 0294-87-0375

Fukuroda Falls

Location: Fukuroda, Daigo Town, Kuji-gun, Ibaraki Prefecture

Admission: 300 yen

URL

Tel: 0295-72-4036

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