Only about a 2-hour bus ride away is the magical Mt. Fuji and the beautiful 5-Lakes area that surrounds the mountain. Our itinerary included waterfalls, a singing highway and of course Mt. Fuji itself.
When arriving at our first stop, we got off the bus and made our way along a trail of souvenir stands and vendors selling traditional Japanese food. Following our fellow tourists, we rounded a corner and found a long set of stairs descending into an exquisite canyon of water, rock and sound. Silken threads cascading down 65 feet of rock, in a horseshoe configuration 500 feet wide – these are the incredible Shiraito no Taki (silk thread falls). Poised in the hills at the base of Mt. Fuji, the thin white streams of the waterfall originate from Mt. Fuji’s spring water. After the 65 foot plunge, the cold spring water forms crystal clear pools and then gushes downstream over the rocky riverbed. The delicate beauty of this little canyon made me want to sit on the rocks and stay awhile. But of course, time was limited, so we moved on.
Back up the stairs and around a curve was another waterfall, more traditional, but very nice also. Otodome Falls is a little higher than Shiraito no Taki and the water is one wide single waterfall. The trail led us up beside the falls where we could look straight down from (almost) the top of the falls and see where it crashed into the river below. Very different, but stunning in its own way. Again, time was short…on to our next stop on the itinerary.