A certain leisure spot in Fuchu city, eastern Hiroshima prefecture, is featured on Japanese TV every summer.
That spot is the Waterfall of Saburo. Created by Mother Nature, there’s a “slide fall” made of a single slab of stone, which can apparently be slid down like a waterside, something rare in the whole of Japan!
As I park my car at the parking area and climb up the slope, I can already see children sliding down.
This small waterfall is called "Waterfall of Ichiro". Even here you can have fun to your heart's content, but if you go a little further upstream, you can find a large, gentle "slide fall" located at a point between the Waterfall of Jiro and the Waterfall of Saburo.
I’d heard that a contest was to be held on this day, and came to see it.
At the resting area located midway, there are children with numbers on their backs. The contest is just about to start, so one of the officials is instructing competitors on some precautions.
Splish, splash, sliiide! The competitors slide down while trying to keep their balance so that the balls they have on the tray on their heads don't fall off. Naturally, both the helmet and the balls are only for the contests, so if you visit, you can have fun in normal clothes!
*If you only wear a swimsuit, the thin fabric may tear. Be sure to wear clothes that you don't mind getting wet.
If you get hungry, you can head to the restaurant for lunch. The oden smells delicious…
The Waterfall of Saburo is also known for its beautiful autumn foliage. Visiting the area at different seasons is also a nice idea – the abundant nature of Hiroshima welcomes visitors anytime!
Waterfall of Saburo
Location: 90 Saburomaru-cho, Fuchu city, Hiroshima prefecture
By car: Around 40-minutes drive from Sanyo expressway’s Mihara Kui interchange.
By public transport: Around 20 minutes by local bus from JR Fukuen line Fuchu station. Get off at the Saburo no Taki entrance, which is a 15-minute walk away.
Parking: 100 vehicles
Homepage: http://fuchu-kanko.jp/?page_id=111 (Japanese – Fuchu City Tourism Association)
Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Izumi Furukawa
Izumi Furukawa Hello. My name is Izumi Furukawa and I was born in Kagawa Prefecture. Before getting married in 2012, I wrote for various magazine companies and Internet based media organizations in Tokyo. After marrying, I moved to Hiroshima and am now raising my child as well as writing stories about my fascination with this area through Setouchi Finder. Most of the articles I write are about places I visit on weekends with my family. My favorite driving course is Route 375 from Saijyo to the Miyoshi Area, and my favorite food from the Hiroshima area is Anagomeshi (from Miyajima)!!
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