Enjoying the waterfalls of Imosenotaki Park in Ono, Japan then fishing for your dinner is one of the best ways to beat the heat this summer!
Are you ready to escape the crowded pool or beach? The waterfalls in Ono is one of our favorite go to places during the summer!
We were expecting rain for the weekend, but the forecast changed to sunshine and we decided to head to Imosenotaki Park! Navigate your way from the main roads and you’ll find the parking lot at the corner of a large switchback. The park entrance is beautiful – the walk takes you past the Hokoku and Ogashira shrines, across two orange bridges and up a short trail until you arrive at the swimming area.
Look to your right as you pass Ogashira shrine (the second, with a large horse statue), and you’ll see the first of the two main waterfalls. “Imose” has to do with twins or couples in Japanese, “-no” indicates the possessive, and “taki” is waterfall – so Imosenotaki means a paired waterfall! They call one male and one female. For most of the year, the first waterfall (the female of the two) is seen just as moisture coming down the cliff. If you go just after a nice rainstorm, though, you’ll see it like we did today!
There is a nice sandy beach overlooking the swimming area. Two cascades bookend a couple of shallow pools lined by boulders. One is right underneath the big waterfall and has a good amount of sunlight. The other is separated from the other by some rocks, and it has a couple of deeper spots and a man-made ledge overlooking the smaller waterfall.
When I bring the kids here by myself, I feel more comfortable when they have their floating devices on, even though they can wade comfortably in all but the deepest areas outside of the swimming spots. The water moves slowly, especially with the man-made ledge evening things out.
If there’s been a lot of rain the current can be faster than usual, and the rocks are often slippery! Please take care and keep an eye on your kids at all time! I really do feel safe with the kids being in the water here. It definitely feels safer than the pool or beach!
The water was a bit chilly at first, but we to got used to the temperature pretty quickly. Royce, who hates cold water, was playing in it without hesitation! There were a couple of local families there with nets catching water creatures, both at the waterfall and downstream. Our kids played with the rocks and leaves and enjoyed splashing around in the water!
If you are looking for something a bit more adventurous, try Three Falls! There, you can cliff jump, ride down a natural water slide and really swim instead of just wading. It’s a lot of fun!
Catch your own fish!
Ready for lunch? Just up the trail from Imosenotaki is a hidden gem!
“Imose” is a small fishing pond/grill restaurant, a one-man show in the backyard of Hiroshi Kawamoto. Kawamoto-san is extremely pleasant, speaks excellent English (he studied in England as a young man), and is an endearing host. He opens his doors every day from 11-3, except for the months of January and February when he travels the world (or when it’s raining).
So what do you do at Imose? Bring your own sides, show up, and catch some rainbow trout! Hand them over to Kawamoto-san to be roasted over coals, and then enjoy them in his quaint backyard. It’s different, fun, and a very random Japanese experience! Renting a pole costs ¥100, and each fish is ¥350.
If you want to bring a large group, call ahead and he may enlist some help – otherwise it is a one-man show!
Owner: Hiroshi Kawamoto
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