Located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, the Shiraito Falls (白糸の滝, Shiraito no Taki) are ranked amongst the most beautiful in Japan. The waterfall has been registered as a national monument since 1936, and designated by the Ministry of the Environment in 1990 as one of the 100 best waterfalls” of Japan. The word “shiraito” means “white threads” in Japanese, as the water flows in thin, 20-meter-long white threads that resemble silk. In 2013 the waterfall was added to the World Heritage List as part of the Fujisan Cultural Site.
Getting to Shiraito Falls
Shiraito Falls is a 30min bus ride from JR Fujinomiya station (and only 5min from the nearby Otodome Falls). There is also a parking station near the trail to the falls.
The waterfall is easily accessible from the road via a paved walking trail, which descends to the base of the falls.
A short loop passes both the Shiraito Falls and Otodome Falls.
- Japanese Ministry of the Environment – One Hundred Waterfalls of Japan
- World of Waterfalls – Shiraito Waterfall and Otodome Waterfall