One of my favorite ways to escape the heat in the summer is to go waterfall hunting. My latest target was Naena Falls in Shinanomachi Town. The waterfall is actually on the border of Nagano and Niigata Prefectures. We visited during a stay at Lake Nojiri. From the lake and/or Kurohime Station, it is a 10 minute drive (or you can rent bicycles at the station), then a short (approx. 1km) walk. The trail starts out at a rather garish concrete weir, but soon ascends to a lush forest path (sturdy shoes recommended) before arriving at a suspension bridge crossing the river in front of the falls.
The name, ‘Naena’, apparently derived from the word for earthquake, referring to the sound of the waterfalls echoing off the surrounding mountainside.
Naena Falls is listed as one of Japan’s Top 100 Waterfalls, and makes a refreshing break from the summer heat.