The Kawamata River Valley has several waterfalls, but Doryu Falls are considered the most beautiful. Multiple strands of water fall over mossy rocks and other lush greenery in an area about 15 meters wide and 10 meters high, creating a naturally beautiful scene that reminds one of an old Japanese painting or garden. Most likely it is the other way around, and the natural waterfall inspired the painters and garden makers! The name, Doryutaki, means "Waterfall breathed out by a dragon". The walking trail to the falls passes through forest, under a tall rail bridge, and over a narrow foot bridge, and is a fairly easy walk.
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I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for one year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for nine years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014. I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.