Hida-Osaka Falls

Shokedaki - Hida-Osaka Falls - Hida-Osaka's 200 Waterfalls - Gero city, Gifu prefecture, Japan

  • About Hida-Osaka Falls
  • Mitsudaki
  • Sennindaki
  • Neonotaki
  • Zaimokudaki
  • Amatsubanotaki
  • Kannondaki
  • Nigoridaki
  • Senjonotaki
  • Shokedaki
  • Ryumonnotaki
  • Kaironotaki
  • Hyakenndaki
  • Gandate Picnic in Osaka Kakumei-trail Tour
  • Guided tours of the hida-osaka falls
  • Guided tours only
  • Difficulty Level 3
  • Hiking time 6
  • Number of falls 4
  • Need trecking shoes

Although you will encounter rather smaller falls on this route along the creek Hyoedani, you will be charmed by some unique features of sacred Mt. Ontake: a basin with a dry waterfall, Gotokuiwa(rock tunnel) and Monolith-Dokuritsu ganpo.


Takinonai takitsubo
( the basin without a fall )

Descending the path to the creek, you will find yourself in the midst of a forest, with broad leaf trees above your head and wood ferns beneath your shoulders.
Walking above the columnar joints for about half an hour, the basin with a dry waterfall will appear.

Shokedaki 23m ( 76 feet )

Picking your way upstream as you head to Shokedaki, Monolith-dokuritsu ganpo will come into your sight on your left side.
Following the creek further you can see Shokedaki which has double-decked falls.
Shoke means a bamboo sieve. which is supposedly the origin of the name.

Ogidaki 6m( 20 feet )

Another unique fall Ogidaki has a hole in its pool. Water drains through the hole and a natural stone bridge into a deep gorge, sometimes making a swirl with fallen leaves: a fantasy of fairies dancing.


The formation of the basin with a dry waterfall took more than 54,000 years or more. With the size of this basin, it is believed that a large waterfall of 15m( 50feet ) high once existed.
Monolith-dokuritsu ganpo ( 10m-33feet ) The summit area of Dokuritsu ganpo used to be a part of riverbed some ten thousand years ago . Its most part has been eroded to shape the present crag. Can you imagine such a long history?

Clothing and Gear

Pair of strong boots, rainwear, towel, packed lunch. Wading is required.
Wading shoes are available for rent.

  • wading 5
  • scrambling around falls 3
  • Between Ogidaki and Gotokuiwa, you will need to walk sideways for about 30m using rope.
For your safety and to protect national forests, an entrance permit is required. Visits to the falls are only available by guided tours.
All the tours need to be booked at least ten days in advance for permit procedures.

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