Shiribeshi Area, Southern Hokkaido
11/2020, 01/2021, 07/2022
42° 56′ N, 139° 99′ E.
Garo Falls, Hokkaido’s greatest waterfall.
A 70 m drop and 30 m wide waterfall in the Kariba Mountains of the Oshima Peninsula in southern Hokkaido. Located in the upper reaches of the Chishiri River, which flows through Shimamaki Village, Hokkaido, deep in Garou Gorge. Despite its size, there is no waterfall basin and the roar of the waterfall echoes through the surrounding forest. It is also called Ryujin no Taki (Dragon God) Falls or Hiryu no Taki (Flying Dragon Falls) because of its appearance. There are forest roads and campgrounds nearby that lead to the trailhead of Mount Kariba, but they are closed in winter. To reach it in winter requires a round-trip walk of more than ten hours.