As part of our Karuizawa trip, we decided to wander into nature and explore the famous Shiraito waterfall. The Shiraito no Taki is a short but wide waterfall, measuring 3 metres high and 70 metres wide. It looks almost man-made, like those seen in urban shopping malls.
Shiraito waterfall is easily accessible from Karuizawa JR station, just a 30 minutes ride and another 5 minutes walked from the bus stop. The place is not too populated with tourists, which is a good thing as we can take our time exploring at our own pace.
Some shops selling light snacks lined up the small road at the entrance of the waterfall. We had some ice cream and grilled fish before entering.
Unlike how other waterfalls are formed, there are actually no rivers flowing into Shiraito waterfall. Instead, groundwater surfaced from the mountain slopes providing a constant stream of water flow to form the waterfall.
The Japanese name Shiraito no Taki means white threads waterfall. As water surfaced from the ground and falls over, creating an image of white streams that looks like white curtains. Beautiful!
The area around the Shiraito waterfall is small and tranquil, how we wish there is a small cafe where we can sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee with the beautiful nature surroundings.
After a short stay, we continued on the trip into Karuizawa town. The Merlion (a Singapore icon) and Ultraman were a surprising find. A few days later, we learnt from the news that our Prime Minister Mr Lee Hsien Loong visited Karuizawa as well. Mr Lee spoke to the owner of the shop with the Merlion on display and found out that he visited Singapore many years ago and fell in love with our country, so much that he actually bought a small Merlion replica and display outside his shop.
Karuizawa is just an hour ride away from Tokyo on the Shinkansen. If you are visiting this area, do drop by Shiraito no Taki, we guarantee you will love it.