One of Kansai’s Foremost Summer Resorts With Fantastic Views! A Recommended Course Around Seno-no-Taki
Totsukawa Village in Nara Prefecture is the largest village in Japan in terms of land area. With 96% of the village covered in forests, it is a popular summer resort with many highlights such as a suspension bridge and gorge. Seno-no-Taki is a recommended site to visit. The waterfall, which is about 10m high, is surrounded by greenery and is also referred to as the "negative ion waterfall" due to its powerful spray. The large plunge basin that reflects the greenery and blue skies adds to the sense of coolness when visiting during the summer. ＜The information is from KansaiWalker (issued July 18, 2017)＞
A famous waterfall that suddenly appeared in the mountains of Totsukawa Village. The water that sprays up around the plunge basin is a natural mist. You can see and feel the power of the waterfall from right by the plunge basin.
Walk about 200m on a path from the parking lot at National Route 425 to Seno-no-Taki. There is a rocky area on the way and you can enjoy a small hike and immerse yourself in the forest.
There is a rock called the Venus of Ono-deai that looks like a person’s face. You may get lucky if you see the venus smiling among the green mountains.
Fabulously Cool View Data
Best Time: Mornings. It is particularly beautiful on a sunny day when the surrounding greenery is reflected on the water and the water spray captures the sunlight. Enjoy it in the morning when it is still cool.
Waterfall Height: Approx. 10m
Phone: 0746-63-0200 (Totsukawa Village Tourism Association)
Time: No restrictions
Days Closed: None
Fee: Free entrance
Parking: Approx. 7 spots (free)
Nature-rich Totsukawa Village has other waterfalls where you can get cool. All the waterfalls are powerful with abundant water. Being able to see them up-close by the plunge basin is another a charm point.
Juni-taki is a waterfall that is said to be 80m or 100m high. It is near National Route 168 and can be seen from the road.
Sasa-no-Taki is among Japan's top 100 waterfalls. The 32m-high waterfall with streams that look like white thread is impressive!
Totsukawa Village was the first in the country to declare that its hot spring baths will all have constantly flowing water directly from the source. Totsukawa Onsen Hotel Subaru, which is surrounded by the rich nature of Totsukawa Village, offers day use of baths drawn from Totsukawa Onsen, which is popular for its beauty benefits. The liberating open-air bath and constantly flowing water has fabulous healing effects.
Hoshinoyu is the onsen healing facility where you can enjoy day use of onsen (hot spring) baths. It has numerous different baths, including utase-yu (baths with water that cascades onto the bathers' backs), as well as ceramic and hinoki (cypress) baths.
An onsen inn surrounded by the mountains of Totsukawa Village. Light meals are also served in the restaurant, Shakunage (11:30 AM - 1:30 PM).
Hours: (Day use baths) 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
*(August 11 [a holiday] – 15) 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Days Closed: None
Fee: Bathing fee (800 JPY)
Parking: Accommodates 180 cars (free)
(To the next spot) Immediately on foot
Totsukawa Onsen Hotel Subaru
Yaen (wild monkey) is a small cabin on ropes with just enough space for one person to propel themselves from one shore to the other. It got its name because it looks like a monkey walking on a vine, and was previously used as transportation. It is now a popular tourist destination where people can enjoy walking in the air for free.
The self-propelled ropeway is as high as 10m above ground at some points. What fun to pull yourself along to the other side while enjoying the thrill and the scenery!
Phone: 0746-64-1111 (Totsukawa Onsen Hotel Subaru)
Days Closed: None
Parking: Totsukawa Onsen Hotel Subaru parking lot (180 spots, free)
(To the next spot) 15 minutes by car
Michino-eki Totsukawago is a roadside station in the middle of Totsukawa Village. It has a free footbath and is a popular spot for people to stop by while on a drive. The restaurant on the second floor, Gyozen, serves handmade soba noodles. The soba noodles made on-site with freshly ground wheat goes fantastically with a view of the Totsukawa River.
The Soba with Nameko and Grated Daikon (850 JPY) is popular at Gyozen in the summer. The nameko (type of mushroom) are harvested in the village, and the daikon (radishes) are nice and spicy!
The Ume (Plum) Juice (670 JPY) is made from Totsukawa Village plums. Drink it diluted four or five times by water or soda water.
Mukashi-kan has free footbaths and village culture exhibitions (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, free).
Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Gyozen) 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, till 4:00 pm on weekends and holidays
Days Closed: None (Gyozen) Tuesdays (but open if it is a national holiday)
Parking: 21 spots (free)
(To the next spot) Approximately 30 minutes by car
Tanize Suspension Bridge is a 297m-long suspension bridge 54m above Totsugawa River. It is one of Totsukawa Village's main tourist attractions. It is the largest iron bridge for everyday use. It is thrilling and refreshing to cross, as it sways every time you take a step and has magnificent views.
The suspension bridge was completed in 1954.
There is a Tsuribashi Chaya (tea shop) at the Tanize end of the bridge (Mondays: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM / Weekends and Holidays: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM / Closed: Tuesday – Friday, but open in August and on national holidays) where you can enjoy items like Yuzu Sorbet (200 JPY).
Phone: 0746-63-0200 (Totsukawa Village Tourist Association)
Hours: Free access *Traffic is limited to one way (Uenoji to Tanize) from August 11 (national holiday) to 14 (Mon), so there is a shuttle bus (200 JPY) running during this time period.
Days Closed: None
Parking: Uenoji Parking Lot (capacity: 70 cars, 500 JPY/120 min)
Tanize Suspension Bridge
(Getting to Seno-no-Taki from Katsuragi IC) Take Prefectural Route 30 and Prefectural Route 261 to National Route 168 South. Turn right in the Shimokitayama direction at the waterfall fork to National Route 425 South. (approx. 88km/120 min)
<11:00 AM> (Seno-no-Taki) Southwest on National Route 425/National Route 168.
Turn right at the sign to National Route 425 East. (approx. 12km/20 min)
<12:00 PM> (Totsukawa Onsen Hotel Subaru)
<1:00 PM> (Yaen) Go east on National Route 425. Turn left onto 168 North towards Gojyo and Oto. (approx. 11km/15 min)
<2:00 PM> (Michino-eki Totsukawago) Go north on National Route 168 and turn left at the Takase Suspension Bridge sign, then go northwest. (approx. 21km/30 min)
<3:30 PM> (Tanize Suspension Bridge) Go north on National Route 168/National Route 310/Prefectural Route 261/Prefectural Route 30. Turn left at the Tanize Suspension Bridge sign and go northwest. (approx. 21km/30 min)
[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 08.09.2017]
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.