About Hagoromo Waterfall (Hagoromo-no-taki [羽衣の滝])
The Hagoromo Waterfall (Hagoromo-no-taki [羽衣の滝]; Hagoromo Falls or “Angel’s Robe Falls”) sat on the western side of Daisetsuzan National Park in the Tenninkyo Gorge. This one was said to drop some 270m in multiple steps comprised of sheets of water giving it the appearance of an angel’s robe as the kanji translation seemed to suggest. Aside from the multitude of man-modified waterfalls scattered around this falls, there was also another natural one nearby called the Shikishima Waterfall. Unfortunately, bear activity closed the trail to that one, and with strong discouragement from Julie, we opted not to hop the barricade and proceed further thereby preventing us from seeing it.
From the onsen complex by Tenninkyo, we followed a very well-developed 600m path alongside a river with a few man-modified waterfalls on it. We then made it to a bridge spanning a tributary stream just downstream from the Hagoromo-no-taki. We noticed some signage and a few picnic tables in the area, which suggested to us that it would’ve been a pretty nice place for a picnic.
However, we weren’t satisfied with this view so we took a spur trail that left the main trail before the bridge. The trail then followed alongside the smaller tributary, which then went up some stairs. Once we got to the top of the stairs, we found ourselves at a viewing platform at the spur trail’s end giving us a more direct view of the Hagoromo Waterfall.
It took us about 45 minutes round trip to do this excursion, which was pleasantly quiet and naturesque. The walk was mostly flat alongside the river with the lone exception being the stairs to the upper overlook.
Shortly after the main trail continued beyond the bridge spanning the waterfall’s tributary stream, we were then stopped by a signed barricade indicating the trail was closed due to bear activity. Even though the Shikishima Waterfall was barely 300m from where we were at, we opted not to chance it.
It’s about a 30- to 45-minute drive from Asahikawa to the car park at the onsen complex by Tenninkyo. I believe we took the 1160 then the 213 to go the roughly 42km to get here.
For geographical context, Asahikawa was 137km (2 hours by car or 2 hours by train) northeast of Sapporo. Sapporo was about 9.5 hours by train or 90 minutes by flight from Tokyo. It was also possible to fly to Sapporo from Osaka (under 2 hours) or Kobe (2 hours; this was how we did it on our trip).