Driving along the Chusei Bypass, from Matsusaka city to Tsu city, one can see the Aoyama tablelands on the left to the west. A colleague of mine at Takada High School kindly offered to take me and another colleague up there for a drive, and I eagerly accepted. Hence, on a weekday during test week in June this year, when we had no lessons to teach, the three of us drove up to the hills and beyond to a delightful place called Akame Falls.
The full name is Akame 48 Waterfalls, located on the other side of the Aoyama plateau in a place called Nabari, once a famous place for Ninja training. The Akame Falls are regarded by most Japanese people as one of Japan’s best places to view waterfalls, mainly due to the large number of falls in one area, and the excellent hiking track through the Akame-Aoyama rainforest that links them all. It’s within that same rainforest that Ninja once used to train.
There are in fact only about 24 waterfall locations, but almost all of them have dual waterfalls due to the rock formations and the path of the river, hence the name ‘Akame 48 Falls’. Out of those 24 locations, five in particular make it worth the trip there. They are separately named as Fudo Falls (230 meters along the track from the starting point), Senju Falls (800 meters), Nunobiki Falls (900m), Ninai Falls (2,600m by far the most picturesque), and Biwa Falls (2870m). The last waterfall can be found 3,290 meters from the start.