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The charm of river valleys and waterfalls throughout the four seasons

Akame shijyuhachi taki (The Akame Forty-Eight Falls) is the common name for the series of waterfalls throughout the Taki River gorge, a place where you can enjoy a wide variety of beautiful natural landscapes. During the roughly three hours that it takes to walk this four-kilometer-long hiking course, you will see a total of 23 different waterfalls and plunge pools. In addition to a wide variety of waterfalls, you can also enjoy a vibrant landscape that changes with the seasons, including cherry blossoms in spring, verdant forests in summer, and colorful foliage in autumn. The five most famous of the waterfalls, known as the Akame gobaku, are Fudodaki, Senjudaki, Nunobikidaki, Ninaidaki, and Biwadaki. Many of the waterfalls have names related to Buddhism, due to the scenery in the Akame area often being compared to a mandala. In olden times, this area was considered sacred and visited by many for religious training or devotion.

Enjoying the history as well as the natural beauty of each waterfall

Senjudaki, which literally means the Thousand-Armed Falls, is 15 meters tall. The water splits into a thousand different rivulets as it comes over the falls, giving it the appearance of a Thousand-Armed Bodhisattva, after which it is named.Reijadaki, which literally means the Spirit-of-the-Serpent Falls, is six meters tall, with a beautifully transparent emerald green hue to both the waterfall itself and the plunge pool at its foot.Ninaidaki, which literally means the Porter Falls, is eight meters tall and split in two, giving the impression of carrying luggage, which is where its name comes from.The Fudodaki is named after Fudomyoo, a Buddhist Wisdom King, and is one of the most often visited waterfalls of all those with spiritual associations.
Each of these waterfalls has its own history waterfalls, knowledge of which only enhances our appreciation of its beauty.

The Legend of Reijadaki fall

The Legend of Reijadaki fall

In the late 16th century, when Oda Nobunaga’s armies were conquering the province of Iga in modern-day Mie, one of his generals discovered a particularly sanguineous area of autumn foliage in the Akame gorge. Upon hearing of this discovery, Nobunaga ordered his retainers to break off a branch of this blood-red foliage and bring it to him as a trophy of his victory in battle. But when they arrived in the forest, there suddenly appeared a beautiful young shrine maiden, who forbade them to damage any of the trees, saying, “These leaves are the spirits of the departed, and their color comes from the human blood that runs through them.” Having their orders, however, Oda’s men ignored the woman, who then stood at the top of the waterfall, crying “I cannot allow anyone to harm these trees or take their foliage. I am the Spirt of the Serpent and protector of this forest.” And with that, she threw herself into the pool at the foot of the waterfall, from where a black cloud suddenly rose into the sky. Before long, thunder and lightning filled the sky while torrential rains flooded the earth, and even Oda’s brave warriors ran for their lives. And that is the story of how Reijadaki, Spirit-of-the-Serpent Falls, got its name.

The akame 48 falls


861-1 Nagasaka, Akame-cho, Nabari, Mie Prefecture
(Akame 48 Falls Valley Conservation Committee)


8:30 am to 5:00 pm (Dec.–Mar., 9:00 am to 4:30 pm)


2nd Thu. of the month
Dec. 28–31


Adults, 500 yen; child (elementary and junior high school age), 250 yen




By bus from Kintetsu Akameguchi Sta. to Akametaki

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