The Yu Waterfall (湯滝, or Yudaki Waterfall) drains Lake Yunoko, and is considered one of the “Famous 5 Waterfalls of Nikko” (along with Kegon Falls, Urami-no-taki Waterfall, and Ryuzu Waterfall). The Yudaki Falls are 70m high and 110m long, with the water tumbling in a fan shape down the steep slope. Although the name of the waterfall translates to “hot water waterfall”, the water of the lake and waterfall are not actually warm.
The best view of the main waterfall is from directly below, where there is an observation platform.
Getting to Yudaki Waterfall
The waterfall is just below Lake Yunoko, and has a parking area near the observation platform just off Highway 120. It’s about an hours by road from Nikko. A hiking trail goes around Lake Yunoko as well as along both sides of the Yu River.
Yudaki Waterfall is surrounded by many trees as well as azalea, rosebay and other flowers which turn yellow and red during the autumn leaf season, making the scenery especially beautiful in mid to late October.
- World of Waterfalls – Yudaki Waterfall