Shirahige Waterfall – Hokkaido | Travel Information

Shirahige Waterfall, Nicknamed the ‘White Beard Waterfall’ sits in the center of Japan’s most northern Prefecture, Hokkaido, on the outskirts of the small town Biei at an altitude of 600m above sea level.

Water flows down the side of the mountain side, and feeds into the small Blue River, which flows into the scenic blue river, both visible from the Blue River Bridge. The water gets it’s blue colour from a mixture of the fresh mountain water, and the sulfuric content of the water, as the surrounding area is thermally active with an Onsen resort being only a short distance away. 

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The Shirahige Waterfalls are out in the middle of nowhere, with the closest train station being a short 25-minute drive. But you can grab the bus from JR Biei Station to Shirahige Waterfall by boarding the Dohoku Bus for 650JPY and getting off at the Yumoto Shirogane Onsen Hotel. From there, It’s only a 2 minute walk.