Otodome Falls is one of two great waterfalls within walking distance of each other on the Shiba River in Fujinomiya (the other one is Shiraito Falls). Otodome Falls roars powerfully over a cliff face and falls 25 meters into the pool below. It is one of the most popular sightseeing attractions in Shizuoka, and ranks as on of Japan's '100 Greatest Waterfalls'. If you go early in the morning you can avoid the crowds. The best time of year to visit is probably autumn, but I went there in summer. There are souvenir shops, restaurants and an information center on the main trail to view the waterfall.
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I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for one year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for nine years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014. I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.