Updated on September 3, 2019
The Hossawa Falls is lit up from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the summer.
Hinohara Village, the only village in Tokyo (excluding the Tokyo islands), is known for its abundant nature. It is located in west Tokyo, about 50 kilometers away from the city center, roughly two hours by train and bus. Ninety-three percent of the village is covered by forests. Many people are drawn to its vast expanse of greenery and exceptionally clear streams fed by the Akigawa River.
The village is full of natural tourist attractions. Touring the waterfalls is especially famous, and of all the waterfalls there, the Hossawa Falls is particularly recommended to visit, as it is the only waterfall in Tokyo selected as one of the “100 best waterfalls in Japan.” To get there, take a bus from Musashi-Itsukaichi Station and get off at the Hossawa Falls Entrance bus stop. While listening to the murmuring stream and immersing yourself in the atmosphere of the forest, walk along a path strewn with Japanese cedar and cypress wood chips. After some 700 meters, you are at the falls.
Step closer to the plunge pool by following the roaring sound of the waterfall; notice tree leaves fluttering from the impact of the splashing water. Seen from here, the falls has a drop of 26 meters. But there are more tiers above, bringing its full height to 60 meters. Bathing in the mist from the falls makes you feel like your body is being charged with the energy of nature.
During the summer, look forward to various festivities held around the village, including the illumination of the falls, the summer festival (External link)(The website is available in Japanese only) at Hinohara Elementary School, and fireworks.
◎From Bus Stop No. 1 at Musashi-Itsukaichi Station on the JR Itsukaichi Line, take a bus for Fujikura, Hossawa Falls Entrance, or Kazuma (via Hossawa Falls or Yasuragi no Sato), and get off at the Hossawa Falls Entrance bus stop. Hossawa Falls is a 20-minute walk from the bus stop. There is a parking area near Hossawa Falls Entrance bus stop.
[Hinohara Mura Tourism Association]
Website (External link)(The website is available in Japanese only)
The wood chips make the trail comfortable to walk on.