Autumn at Kamba Waterfall Park, Okayama Pref., Japan

Kamba Falls (神庭の滝) are located in Kamba Waterfall Park, near the city of Maniwa in the northwestern part of Okayama Prefecture.

All photos in this story shot with Nikon D200 and Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. Edited in Lightroom 5.7.
Kamba Waterfall Park Autumn, Okayama Prefecture, Japan Photo
Kamba Waterfall Park Autumn, Okayama Prefecture, Japan

The park is especially popular with visitors during the autumn season, when leaves are changing color.

Kamba Waterfall Park Autumn, Okayama Prefecture, Japan Photo
Kamba Waterfall Park Autumn, Okayama Prefecture, Japan

At a height of 110 meters and a width of 20 meters, Kamba Falls is the largest waterfall in Western Japan, and is designated as one of Japan’s “top 100 waterfalls”.

Kamba Waterfall Park Autumn, Okayama Prefecture, Japan Photo
Kamba Waterfall Park Autumn, Okayama Prefecture, Japan

The falls are reached on an easy and scenic 15-minute walk, and delight visitors of all ages.

Kamba Waterfall Park Autumn, Okayama Prefecture, Japan Photo
Kamba Waterfall Park Autumn, Okayama Prefecture, Japan

The park is also the habitat of some 200 wild monkeys, creating a lively diversion in the majestic natural setting.

Kamba Waterfall Park Autumn, Okayama Prefecture, Japan Photo
Kamba Waterfall Park Autumn, Okayama Prefecture, Japan

The monkeys go about a variety of pastimes, such as contemplating in the creek, …

Kamba Waterfall Park Autumn, Okayama Prefecture, Japan Photo
Kamba Waterfall Park Autumn, Okayama Prefecture, Japan

… or delivering impromptu speeches.

Kamba Waterfall Park Autumn, Okayama Prefecture, Japan Photo
Kamba Waterfall Park Autumn, Okayama Prefecture, Japan

The monkeys are quite used to the presence of humans, and roam about without reservations.

Kamba Waterfall Park Autumn, Okayama Prefecture, Japan Photo
Kamba Waterfall Park Autumn, Okayama Prefecture, Japan

More than 100,000 people visit the park every year. It is open year-round, except on New Year’s Day.

2 Comments

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    Andrew
    7 years ago

    Hello Norbert.

    Beautiful pictures. How do I get to Kamba Falls? Are there public buses or by taxi? How much does it cost to get there?

    Thank you.

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      7 years ago

      Hi Andrew,

      thanks a lot for taking the time to look at my photos from Kamba Falls, and for your comment.

      As far as I seem to remember, buses run fairly infrequently in this area — so your best bet would probably be to go by train (JR Kishin Line) to Chūgoku-Katsuyama Station, from where it is about 10 minutes by taxi.

      A sample 1-way train fare from Okayama would amount to ¥1,800 — you can check your connection options on http://www.hyperdia.com .

      Hope this helps, and enjoy the place if you actually decide to go there! It should be really nice now and in the next 1-2 weeks with the colorful autumn foliage.

      Best wishes –
      Norbert

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