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Although it was the middle of winter, there was only a little snow in the area. The rust coloured leaves littering the ground were still very visible.
Name: Omika-no-taki - 御三甕の滝 (おみかのたき)
Location: Takaoka, Toyama
Waterway: Minamiaiki River
Parking: approx 5 vehicles
Admission Fee: none
You will have to follow some tiny, twisty farming roads but it’s marked in English until the very end. The return trip will be fairly steep so if you go on slippery days (rain or snow) make sure you’ve got good tires and you car is powerful enough to make it back up.
Omika was an interesting find. From the parking lot, you’ll head up a short flight of concrete steps. At the top, turn left to enter the tunnel. It has automatic sensors for the lights but when I visited, only the first one was working. Bring a flashlight just in case.
I’m not sure how maintained this place is. It was leaf strewn and crumbling when I visited but several recent photos online suggest otherwise. There are several more vantage points to the left of the tunnel that take you closer to the falls. And I assume the bridge at the top of the stairs takes you to the trail that will lead up to the shrine above. I didn’t explore too much because the best shot of the main drop of this three tiered beauty was from an opening in the middle of the tunnel. Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible to capture all three stages in one photo.
Last visited in Jan 2018.
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