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Come see the “waterfall of youth!”

Located in Yoro, Gifu, Yoro Park is covers an immense area of 78.6 hectares, which includes facilities for playing tennis, park golf, and other fun-filled family activities. Also located inside the park is one of Japan’s top 100 waterfalls: Yoro Falls. It takes only about 30 minutes to hike the 1.2 kilometers up a slope from the parking lot to the falls. The waterfall itself is roughly 30 meters high, forming an elegant stream of water falling from the woods above to the pool below.
Legend has it that in the year AD 717 the Empress Gensho visited these falls, and drinking the water, was not only miraculously cured of an illness but found her gray hair had regained its color. She then created a new era name with the meaning “to nourish the aged,” thereby initiating the Yoro era, after which the waterfall and the area around it were also renamed.
There are seven bridges downstream of the falls, each designed to match the surrounding natural landscape, that have become extremely popular with photographers. The park is populated with some 3,000 cherry trees that bloom a vivid pink in spring, and the road to the falls winds through a forest of maple and ginkgo trees that are come alive with the colors of autumn foliage, making this one of the most photogenic parks in Japan.

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Sparkling clean water and refreshing walks in nature.

Just as Yoro Falls is famous for its water, so is the nearby Kikusuisen, or Chrysanthemum Springs, together forming an entry in Japan’s Top 100 Natural Spring Waters. The Kikusuisen is located on the grounds of the nearby Yoro Shrine.
The name come from the fact that the fragrance of chrysanthemums is said to waft from the spring as well as the fact that both the name of the flower and the verb “to cure” are pronounced kiku in Japanese. After visiting Yoro Falls and tasting the sweet water, another good way to relax is a walk down the Tokai Nature Trail that runs through the park. Legend has it that the mythological warrior Yamatotakeru-no-mikoto passed this way on his was to Ise while recovering from wounds inflicted while ridding this area of the mountain bandits on Mount Ibuki in nearby Shiga. Popular with hikers and mountaineers, more than 10,000 people walk this route annually, which was formerly known as Miyukimichi (the Imperial Road) but is now maintained as a national park. It’s a wonderful place to experience the great outdoors in Japan.

Yoro Park


1298-2 Takabayashi, Yoro-cho, Yoro-gun, Gifu Prefecture


9:00 am to 5:00 pm


Mon. (open nat. hol. Mon., then closed next day), New Year period (Dec. 29 - Jan. 3)


Free of charge




On foot from Yoro Railway Yoro Sta., about 10 min

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