Today, I'm going to see Hossawa-no-taki Waterfall, the only waterfall in Tokyo which is designated as Japan's Top 100 Waterfalls. It is located in Hinohara, a village in the west of Tokyo, and welcomes visitors mostly by bus from Musashi-Itsukaichi Station.
As soon as I reached Musashi-Itsukaichi Station, I made a big mistake. There were tens of people waiting for the bus. I guess some of them are for the waterfall, but most are coming here to enjoy climbing. I was not willing to get on the bus full of people so I decided to walk, not knowing that it's a long trip from here to the waterfall.
No need to get lost because all I need to do is to walk straight to the west. I just walked and walked through the town.
As the street goes along Akikawa Valley, I walked down to the valley once. The water was surprisingly transparent.
I went back to the street and started to walk again. The street goes into the mountainous area.
Once you look at the right side of the street, you will see Akikawa Valley. It does look like a valley. The river is much narrower and steeper. But the season of autumn colors has ended already.
I walked and walked. Now the street is not for pedestrians at all. I'm happy to see some beautiful sceneries on the way, but I was kind of regretting not getting on the bus now...
Finally, I found a bus stop of Hossawa-no-taki Waterfall! It was around two and a half hour's walk. If I have a chance to come here again, I will definitely use the bus. *laugh*
OK. Let's change my mind and start walking to the waterfall!
It is quite easy to walk here. You won't lose your way because there are lots of signboards to the waterfall.
It takes about 10 or 20 minutes from the bus stop. Now I found Hossawa-no-taki Waterfall! The surroundings still have some autumn colors. It seems like surroundings of waterfalls have the peak period of autumn colors 2 weeks later than their regions in general.
The water flows gently. This is Hossawa-no-taki Waterfall, one of Japan's Top 100 Waterfalls, and the only one in Tokyo.
The bottom of the waterfall looks like this. The water hits the rock and the basin, and it makes refreshing sounds.
After taking many photos here, I decided to see two other waterfalls near Hossawa-no-taki Waterfall. But soon, it started SNOWING.
As far as I know, this is the first snow in Tokyo this year. Mountain weather is changeable. But my intuition tells me this snow stops soon. I decided to walk.
Here's the entrance of the area of waterfalls. The snow has already stopped.
The path continues like this. It is a mountain path, but it only needed 10 minutes to see the first waterfall.
Here's Shou-Tengu-taki Waterfall, which literally means a small waterfall of a long-nosed goblin.
I saw autumn colors around the waterfall. Indeed, autumn colors near waterfalls come later.
Another 5 minutes is all you need to see Tengu-taki Waterfall. The name literally means a normal version of Shou-Tengu-taki Waterfall, but the volume of the water looks much smaller.
Then, let's walk again to Ayataki Waterfall. The signboard says it is 0.7km from here.
I walked on the mountain path again for about 15 minutes.
And this is Ayataki Waterfall. Hmm... the volume is so small that I barely hear the sound from a distance. I remember Otonashi-no-taki Waterfall in Kyoto (It literally means the waterfall without sound.), but this waterfall has less sound than that. I dare to say that Hossawa-no-taki Waterfall is much better so I'll add another photo of Hossawa-no-taki Waterfall here.
I climbed the slope and shooted from the top. The basin of the waterfall looks green and transparent. This waterfall freezes beautifully in February so I must visit here again.