Shiraito Falls and Otodome Falls 白糸の滝・音止の滝(国の名勝及び天然記念物)

Shiraito Falls and Otodome Falls are Nationally Designated Natural Treasure and World Cultural Heritage site candidate. Thousands of thin streams flowing from the cliff face give this site its unique appearance and name, which literally means "White Thread Waterfall." About 20 meters high, with a vast cascade nearly 200 meters wide, this is one of Japan's most beautiful waterfalls. Visitors can enjoy a calming breeze thanks to the meltwater which forms this waterfall. Otodome Falls is located about 5 minutes walk from Shiraito Falls, and is formed by the main stream of the Shiba River. Approximately 25 meters high, this thundering torrent is a complete contrast to the placid Shiraito Falls. The name "Sound Stopping Waterfall" comes from the legend of the Soga brothers, who used the roaring waters of this waterfall to cever their voices when plotting revenge on Kudo Suketsune. The legend also claims that the sound of the waterfall at the precise moment that the brothers prayed to the gods for success. Both Shiraito and Otodome Falls are listed in "Japan's Top 100 Waterfalls" published by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment in 1990.

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