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Kamuiwakka Hot Falls

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Address: Onnebetsumura, Shari-gun, Shari-cho 099-4100, Hokkaido
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This is a fascinating place in that the falls are fed from a spring with hot water. The temperature is a comfortable warmth. People are free to wander up the falls and many swim... read more

Reviewed 18 August 2016
Geelong, Australia
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Geelong, Australia
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Reviewed 18 August 2016

This is a fascinating place in that the falls are fed from a spring with hot water. The temperature is a comfortable warmth. People are free to wander up the falls and many swim in the different water holes that are along the stream.

Thank markelshout
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 10 July 2016

from that waterfall you can do the hike to mount Io or follow the coastline. Very hot at noon in summer. best early morning or afternoon. Make sure you try the natural hot springs above the waterfall. Most people do miss it as you have to walk up river.

Thank topkapitan
Shanghai, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2015

Interesting waterfall with warm mountain water temperature even in cold times. Natural onsen somewhere is pumping big volumes of volcanic water into mountain river thus the nice warm, say 20 C temperature. You can walk the fall some hundred meters up and then you are advised to stop to your trip due to "falling rocks" etc. Waited other tourists to... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed 3 September 2015

The bus service only runs for a few weeks in August and one week in mid September. You can easily hitch hike from / to the 5 Lakes but it is not really worth it. I passes there after hiking the Shiretoko traverse and Io Zan (see my other review about it).

2 Thank Pierre W
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 July 2015 via mobile

These shallow lukewarm waterfalls flow gently over smooth rock and it is fairly easy to walk up them. The leaflet from the tourist office said no private cars in summer, but we drove there without problem. The road was closed beyond the falls, though. There were several deeper pools, which might have been nice for a dip, but we stuck... More 

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Hong Kong
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Reviewed 17 July 2015

These are relatively flat and shallow falls which visitors can walk in. The water is lukewarm, no doubt from a nearby hotspring. The route there is quite long (11km one way) on gravel roads, somewhat long for a single attraction.

1 Thank hkgmatt
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Reviewed 20 July 2014

After one hundred hot onsens all around, this is good to go, walk on the rocks (not so much danger if you take care) and then swim in the little places which are warm but of course less hot than the onsen.

1 Thank Jérémy B
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Reviewed 17 October 2012

Watch out, it's slippery, although incredibly, many young folks were traipsing up in flip flops, crocs, bare feet! There are several sections to the waterfall – you drive right up to the base, park your car, climb up a steep small slope, strip your boots and then walk up directly on the flat rock sections that make up the waterfall.... More 

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