Shomyo Falls 称名滝

The highest waterfall in Japan, within the boundaries of a beautiful national park

Shomyo Falls has a 350-meter cascade and is the highest waterfall in Japan. It is located within the boundaries of the Chubusangaku National Park. As the seasons change, the surrounding landscape and the appearance and intensity of the waterfall also change. In spring when the snow melts, an additional cascade (Hannoki Falls) forms on the side of the main cascade (Shomyo Falls). Each season has its charms, and the falls are stunning and worth visiting anytime of year.

Visitors can park at the Shomyodaira Parking Lot and follow a path to the foot of the falls.* On the way, you can check out educational models and videos at the Shomyodaira Rest Area or stop for a meal at the nearby cafe-diner. It takes about 30 minutes to reach the falls from the parking lot, but the route is well-paved and full of splendid views. It’s a good idea to wear comfortable shoes and take a raincoat or poncho to avoid getting wet from the spray.

*Shomyodaira Parking Lot and the observatory at the bottom of the falls are not accessible year-round because of heavy snow. The trail from the parking lot to the falls typically closes in mid-November, and the road to the parking lot usually closes at the end of November. In other seasons road access to the parking lot is restricted by a gate. The gate is generally open between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Dates and times for closures vary, so please inquire at the nearest tourist information center before visiting.

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Address 930-1406 富山県中新川郡立山町芦峅寺
Telephone Number 076-462-9971
Opening Times • The roads to Shomyo Falls are generally open during the following periods (depending on snowfall): Shomyo Road from Katsuradai to Shomyodaira Parking Lot and to Hiryu Bridge (pedestrians only) from early May to late November; Hiryu Bridge to Takimidai Park from early May to mid-November.
• There is a gate on Shomyo Road at Katsuradai. It is open to traffic from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. in early May to June and September to November. From July to August, it is open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• The road may be closed during heavy rains, or high winds.
• For more information, please refer to the website of Tateyama Civil Engineering Office, Toyama Civil Engineering Center, Toyama Prefecture.
Closed Closed in winter
Prices Free
Car Park • Parking for 247 cars at Shomyodaira Parking Lot
• Cost of parking: Free
Getting There • About 15 minutes by bus from Toyama Chiho Railway Tateyama Station on the Shomyo-daki Tansho Bus, then 30 minutes on foot
• About 50 minutes by car from Hokuriku Expressway Tateyama IC, then 30 minutes on foot
• The Shomyo-daki Tansho Bus runs from late April to mid-November
Notes • Volunteer guides: Tateyama Rindokai (Tateyama Town Tourism Association; contact 076-462-1001)
• Guidance by a Toyama Prefectural Nature Conservation Commentator (Naturalist) (Toyama Prefectural Nature Conservation Division; 076-444-3396)
• Designated View of Toyama

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