Kanabiki is located in the forested outskirts of Miyazu City in the north of the prefecture. It has the distinction of being the only waterfall in Kyoto Prefecture to make the official list of Japan’s top 100 waterfalls. The falls themselves are hidden within a lush forest at the top of a stone staircase carved into the side of the mountain. Kanabiki is an impressive 20 metres (66ft) wide and 40 metres (132ft) tall, and water rushes down it with a thunderous roar. As there is always water flowing at Kanabiki, you can visit any time of the year, but summer is the most popular time for locals to visit, when the thick, high-altitude forest provides a cool respite from the heat. At this time of year, you’ll find picnickers relaxing on the benches at the bottom of the falls, which offer picturesque views of the rushing water falling over mossy rocks. To the right of the waterfall at the top of another steep stone staircase is a small shrine dedicated to the gods that protect it. It is said that praying at the shrine will bring financial prosperity. In the past, a fire festival was also held here, but it has since been banned due to environmental concerns. Nevertheless, it is said to have been quite an exciting affair: people would throw oil over the side of the waterfall and light it on fire, thus creating the illusion of a waterfall on fire. Drummers and dancers accompanied the spectacle. While you’re in the Miyazu area, consider pairing your visit with a trip to Amanohashidate, which is just 10 minutes away by train. The pine tree-covered sandbar stretches across the mouth of Miyazu Bay, one of Japan’s official top three scenic views. How to access Kanabiki Falls It is around 20 minutes (1.6km/1mi) on foot from Miyamura Station, and approximately 30 minutes (2.5km/1.6mi) on foot from Miyazu Station. From Miyazu Station, take the Kamimiyazu line bus towards Kamimiyazu and get off at Kanabiki-no-takiguchi, then walk 10 minutes (about 800m/0.5mi).