With a height of about 40 meters (over 100 feet), Daisendaki is one of the largest and most famous waterfalls in Tottori Prefecture. Japan’s Ministry of the Environment also named it one of the top 100 waterfalls in the country because of its picturesque two-tiered falls and location in the forests of Mount Daisen.
The waterfall is connected to two hiking trails and a campground, so whether you want to stay overnight or take a day trip, Daisendaki is an accommodating destination.
Hitting the trails
The shortest trail to Daisendaki starts at Ikkoganaru Campfield. From here, it takes about one hour to reach the falls and about one hour to return. Adults and children as young as elementary school age can be seen hiking this trail, but be prepared for an adventurous trek!
Just before the trail’s halfway point, you must climb down a very steep staircase. A suspension bridge awaits after this, offering views from 30 meters above a ravine. From here you will hike for about another half hour before a sign points you off the main trail to a viewing deck. You can enjoy views of Daisendaki from this deck, or take a short trail down to the falls’ basin, which requires using a chain embedded in the ground to scale the last two meters or so.
For a longer, more challenging hike, you can continue along the main trail instead of returning to the campground right away. This will take you along the Kawadoko Trail, a former pilgrimage route that people from Tottori and other regions once used to reach Daisen-ji Temple. Hiking Kawadoko takes about six hours one way, and leads hikers through Daisen’s forests and up steep slopes.
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