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北海道 賀老の滝 Hokkaidou Garou-no-taki The Garo Waterfall

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The Garo Waterfall in Shimamaki Village is one of Japan’s largest waterfalls. It is located in the Chihase River, which flows out of Mt. Kariba (1,520 m), the highest mountain in the southern part of Hokkaido. It is selected as one of Japan’s 100 Fine Waterfalls.

The waterfall, 70 m in height and 35 m in width, gushes down the cliff with roaring sound. It has no basin but water directly drops against the huge rock at the bottom with dynamic splashes of water.

There is a legend of a dragon that protects treasures which the Matsumae clan hid in the basin of the waterfall; hereby it is popularly called “Hiryu (Flying Dragon).” Aerated water spring out of a crack in a rock at the edge of the stream and it is called “Dragon Water.”

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Shimamaki-mura, Shimamaki-gun, Hokkaido 048-0600
The Garo Waterfall

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