Naena Waterfall is an impressive 55m waterfall. It is framed by a steep basalt wall on each side and the thundering water crashes on to the large boulders below. In spring the snow melt from the mountain flows down and causes the volume of water to increase dramatically. The amount of water that comes down at this time is truly impressive. The thundering noise of the water and the spray from the waterfall is almost frightening as you cross the bridge in front of it. Naena waterfall is beautiful all year round and looks drastically different in each season.
In spring, you have the snowmelt increasing the size of the waterfall and new flowers starting to appear. In the summer months, everything is lush and green, the water is calmer and you can climb over the large boulders in the river bed. Autumn is a beautiful season as the leaves start to turn shades of red, yellow and orange. During winter the area is unreachable due to the snowfall Myoko receives.
The waterfall is a 10min walk from the carpark area. The walk is not difficult and is level with a gentle incline for most of the way. Children and elderly people can walk there. Just make sure you have suitable footware.
There are 3 places to get a bite to eat. They are all found together above the car park area before you begin your walk to the waterfall. The main restaurant (Naena taki restaurant) serves a variety of food. Their most popular dish is called nagashi somen. This is a thin type of noodle that you place at the top of a water spout and the noodles then flow down a pipe with the water and you catch them with your chop sticks. They also have a variety of tempura and fish dishes.
Cafe Grand sells amazing ice cream. There are a variety of toppings that you can help yourself to. I always make sure to get a soft cream after walking back from the waterfall. On a summer day, it’s great to sit in the shade and try out all the different flavour toppings.
If you want to try something more adventurous I would recommend the fishing garden. Here you can try to catch your own trout. After catching it you will then be taught how to gut it and prepare it. It will then be cooked over hot coals for you. This fish is amazingly delicious. If you aren’t squeamish this is a great experience.
In 2016, a new road was constructed that now leads directly to the carpark area. If you have your own transport it very easy to reach and is sign posted from Suginosawa. If you plan to head there by bus then please refer to the times below.
From Myokokogen Station take the Suginosawa line to Imori ike. At Imori ike take the Myoko Sanroku line to Naena taki bus stop.
You can also the Myoko Liner to get to Naena Waterfall.
You can buy a 2day all you can ride ticket at the tourist office. This is the cheapest way to get there by bus.
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