Frozen waterfalls are fragile and beautiful. Hyakuhiro-no-taki Waterfall, which I visited two weeks ago, was authentically beautiful but not that frozen that day. I understand that it depends highly on luck how much a waterfall freezes.
I'm now in Okutama again to see other frozen waterfalls in Unazawa Valley. The weather is perfect with this blue sky. I hope I can see waterfalls being frozen today.
I'm walking to America Camp Village in the first place.
There's nobody in America Camp Village, where I had found plenty of families last summer.
Most of the way to waterfalls of Unazawa Valley is a forest trail like this. The ground is made of concrete and very slippery when being frozen.
Here's an artificial waterfall located in the beginning of this forest trail. The trunk had fallen into the river and the waterfall looked quite different from the one in summer.
I couldn't get closer to this Tenguiwa-no-taki Waterfall on the way. It is not artificial but natural.
Here's the entrance of Unazawa mountain trail.
Even though there's a plenty of snow left on the ground, it was a perfectly fine weather.
The signboard says Unazawa-no-yontaki, which literally means "Four Waterfalls of Unazawa". Indeed, there are four waterfalls here, but the last one is not open, or rather, not available to beginners and intermediates. I'm not going to the last one today, either.
The trail is snowy like this. It might be hard to find a way if you come here for the first time.
The board says Unazawa-no-santaki, which means "THREE Waterfalls of Unazawa". It seems like the last one is regarded as being not existing.
The ground is so snowy that you need to wear crampons here.
As I went up the trail a bit, the first waterfall appeared in front of me. Mitsugama-no-taki Waterfall was surrounded with some white snow and was being more frozen than Hyakuhiro-no-taki Waterfall. It is relatively big in volume of water despite its low height, and looks pretty gorgeous. This made me hold higher expectations for the other waterfalls.
The second is Nejire-no-taki Waterfall.
Nejire-no-taki Waterfall is small and hidden inside the cave-like space of Unazawa. They look modest but attractive, being fit into this small space.
The wall around the waterfall is decorated with plenty of icicles. It must be fun to imagine the pure sound of waterdrop from the melting icicles.
I continued to walk further on the snowy trail.
As I went down the last slope, I found the other waterfall, Ootaki Waterfall of Okutama.
Ootaki Waterfall is the most frozen of the three.
And the basin was filled with broken ice plates. It is very wintry and close to what I expect frozen waterfalls should be.
I was so impressed that I shooted various images of Ootaki Waterfall.
This is the top of the waterfall. The telephoto gives me a dynamic impression.
The last photo is from a lower angle, the same spot as the last one of this post.
The atmosphere is quite different. The combination of snow and ice looks fragile and beautiful. This makes me really want to see the autumn version of this waterfall, and hopefully the fourth one, Fudou-no-taki Waterfall in the upper area next summer.