AreaSendai

Akiu Otaki Falls

秋保大滝 | Akiu Otaki Falls

Natural wonderland 30 minutes from city centre

Photo by Akiu Sato Center

Photo by Roger Smith

Photo by Roger Smith

Photo by Roger Smith

  • Jess Hallams

    Writer

    Last Update
    February 1, 2019

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  • Just a 30-minute drive from the centre of Tohoku’s busy metropolis, Sendai City, lies a natural oasis called Akiu. The area boats natural hot springs, farm-to-table eateries, a winery, hiking, cycling, local crafts, shrinesyou name it.  Akiu is the ultimate countryside escape. It even boasts one of Japan’s top 100 waterfalls, Akiu Otaki Falls.

    Around a 20–minute drive from the Akiu hot spring village, you will find a small roadside market next to a sizeable torii gate. Walking through the gate is almost like entering another world. A beautiful old shrine stands within a forest of tall pine trees. Walk through the forest down some stairs and you will find yourself standing on a platform overlooking the incredible Akiu Otaki Falls, plummeting fifty-five metres down into the pristine river below. If you’re feeling adventurous, a short hike down some slippery stairs (tread carefully!) will take you to the base of the waterfall. Alternatively, you might prefer to relax in the on-site teahouse which serves up hot tea, coffee and a selection of vegetarian-friendly Japanese snacks and desserts.

    Although enjoyable to visit during any season, autumn is by far the most scenic time of year at Akiu Otaki Falls. The surrounding mountains are covered in a fiery carpet of yellow, gold and tinges of red (typically peaking late October–early November).

    Nature lovers are recommended to complement their trip with a stop at some of the many other scenic spots in the Akiu area, such as Rairaikyo Gorge, Futakuchi Canyon, and Banjiiwa Rock. Whilst the area is accessible by public transport, it is recommend to visit by car, allowing you to enjoy the countryside at your own pace and make new discoveries along the way.

    Akiu is one of my favourite destinations for a weekend trip out of the city centre. The countryside is beautiful in any seasonyou’ll never see the same scenery twice. It’s a real natural wonderland despite being a stone’s throw from the heart of the city.

    WEBSITEhttp://www.city.sendai.jp/ryokuchihozen/mesho100sen/ichiran/077.html

  • AreaSendai

    Tags

    Autumn Cafe Do & See Nature Sendai Temples & Shrines Vegetarian/Vegan

Details

ADDRESS

Otaki, Baba, Akiu-machi, Taihaku-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi-ken

ACCESS BY PUBLIC TRANSIT

About 40 min. by bus from Ayashi Station.

Board bus bound for Akiu Otaki・Futakuchi Kyokoku (秋保大滝・二口峡谷) at Ayashi Station. Alight at Akiu Otaki bus stop. Timetable here.

ADMISSION

Free

CREDIT CARDS

Not accepted

LANGUAGES

Japanese only

HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE

No

HOURS

24 hours a day, but unlit most nights

CLOSED DAYS

None

PHONE

022-398-2323

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