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Goryu Waterfalls Five Dragons Waterfalls) & Uematsu Family Abode in Susono City

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The other day when I visited Susono City I found this beautiful colored manhole covers bearing the designs of the City emblems.
One of them was a waterfalls!
It took me only a few moments that it was the Goryuu Waterfalls/五龍滝, or the “Five Dragons Waterfalls”!
Since I had some time on hand I decided to investigate!

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It is quite a walk from Susono JR Station but it gave me the opportunity to visit the city at leisure.
The Waterfalls is located very near a big primary school and kids were only too happy to show me the way!

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You will reach a bridge spanning above a river!

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Look to your right!

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What’s that in the distance?

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A waterfall beyond a suspended bridge!

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Walking up along the left bank you will find a park!

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Carp streamers!

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I tried to walk on the suspended bridge but the wind prevented me from taking pictures!

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Big carp streamers along the bridge!

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Down river view from the bridge!

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Getting near the waterfalls!

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It had been a good idea to come on a week day. I can imagine the crowds on summer weekends!

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Apparently it was already a”touristic spot” in Edo Times!

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As far I could see only 3 of the 5 waterfalls were “active”!
I’m pretty sure that during the rainy season the five of them will easily appear!

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There is also a warning about eventual sudden rise in water, so be careful!

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Still looking for the fourth and fifth waterfalls…

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The main entrance to the park complex.
I found out I had used a “side entrance”!

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Actually the park above he river and the waterfalls is a little haven of peace!

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Nice little walk!

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I’d like to walk in different seasons!

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A small resting place!

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Above view of the river and waterfalls!

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Waterfalls through the trees!

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Nice little place for lunch?

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Now, what is that old traditional Japanese house?

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A house dating back to the 18th Century belonging to the Uematsu Family!
You can visit the interior on week ends!

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Although I couldn’t visit it, being a week day, I decided to ave a look around!

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Splendid thatched roof!

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A great subject for photographers!

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All closed up!

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The whole house is kept above ground to stay dry!

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On my way back I noticed there were carp streamers even under the belly of the suspended bridge!

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Is that the fourth waterfall? LOL

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A last look at the Five Dragons Waterfalls!

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A last look at the carp streamers…

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Good-bye but I’ll be back soon!

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Fuji Safari Park

Fuji safari Park in Susono City at the foot of Mount Fuji in Shizuoka Prefecture is one of only six full-scale zoological parks you can enjoy visiting all year round.
Open in 1980, it includes a vast Safari Zone where many animals live in controlled freedom. They can be observed from your own car or from the car bus inside seven different zones for bears, lions, tigers, cheetahs, elephants, and many other animals from rhinos to flamingoes.

The “Jungle Bus” with wire netting over windows is popular because visitors can feed fierce animals at close quarters.
The “Animal Village” or “Fureai” in Japanese, allow visitors to come into direct contact with more than 22 kinds of small animals.
Depending upon the season, a “Night Safari” allows visitors to observe animals at night.

Guides available with guided tours (fees apply)

Address: Shizuoka Prefecture, Susono City, Suyama, 2255-27
Phone enquiries: 055-998-1311
Access: About 15 minutes by car (10 km) from Susono IC on Tomei Expressway
About 25 minutes by car from Gotenba IC
About 35 minutes from Fuji IC.
By train: Shinkansen for Tokyo to Mishima Station~bus service to Fuji Safari Park 50 minutes)
Normal train to Gotemba Station~bus to Fuji Safari Park (35 minutes)

Opening hours: 09:00~17:00 (Mar 16th~Sep 30th)/09:00~16:30 (Oct 1st~Oct 31st)/10:00~15:00 (Nov 1st~Mar 15th)
Entry fees: Adults, 2,700 yen. 4 years old~Junior High School students, 1,500 yen. Group discount available from 15 people or more.
Over 65 years old: 2,000 yen.
Jungle Bus fee: 1,200 yen
Night Safari: + 1,000 yen
Free parking available for 1,400 passenger cars.
Website: http://fujisafari.co.jp/ (Japanese)

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