Along the Abe River, about 10~12 km from the center of Shizuoka City, in Aoi Ku, Ushizuma more exactly is a small waterfall called Fudo No Taki/不動の滝/”The Unmoving Waterfalls” with a small Shinto Shrine which does not really have a real name and is thus named after the waterfalls.
I went there for the second time yesterday for another reason that you will discover right away!
Can you imagine?
“熊/Kuma” stands for “wild bears”!
That is for people who can read Japanese!
These signs are everywhere around the small car park at the bottom of the narrow lane leading to the waterfalls!
I do believe those signs as I already have had the occasion to eat bear meat in Shizuoka Prefecture!
And one more sign before the climb announcing the waterfalls!
Do not be too concerned, bears are shy animals.
Just in case keep clapping your hands regularly to announce your intrusion and they will keep away!
The climb lasts only 300 meters. It is steep but short and thoroughly enjoyable, although I did sweat buckets!
The water is very clear, clean, cool and tasty!
Small but cute waterfalls!
Thanks to the running water the air will be cooler nad more comfortable even in yesterday’s record heat!
Photographing is a bit difficult, what with the narrow defile and steep stairs!
Real photographers should bring powerful zooms!
It is actually possible to walk in the stream and stand under the falling water!
The small shrine and its torii gate!
It is quite old but in good repair!
Interestingly enough the doors were not locked and I could take pictures inside although it was just a bit too dark!
Sorry but the left side was really dark!
but the window on the right allowed a nice view onto the waterfalls!
Apparently it is still regularly used for festivals!
Good-bye shrine, waterfalls and bears!
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