Article by: Pat Tabor
Camera: 5D MKIII
Lens: 24-105mm L IS
Tripod: No (Used sturdy platform for stability)
The first shot was taken at 24mm with an exposure of 1/13 sec at f/8.0 with an ISO of 100. It is at the entrance way to the path leading back to the falls. As you journey back to the falls (about 45-60 minute walk if you stop to take pics of everything) there are many wonderful opportunities to snap some beautiful shots. I would recommend a tripod, flash, towel and at least 4 bottles of water per person if its on a warm day. We decide to hump back with NOTHING, not a good decision on our part! The path back is maintained very well, expect lots of stairs and their is a pretty cool suspension bridge that over looks the river that you have to cross. At the end of the trail is the falls, the second picture. Shot was taken at 24mm with an exposure of .03 sec at f/8.0 with an ISO of 100. I wish I would have taken my tripod but holding the camera steady on a rock worked well but I would not recommend it!
Directions – Take the Express Way to the end and you will be in Nago on Hwy58 then keep driving north (30-45 minutes depending on traffic). Now as you exit Nago the highway will turn into a 2 way and you will be traveling with a seawall to your left then you will come into a small town, keep driving because you will end up driving to another seawall on your left. When you exit the second seawall you will pass a football stadium, then a Family Mart (both on your left) and then you will see signs showing Okuma and Hiji Falls, at the light if you turn left you will go to Okuma and to the right is Hiji Falls. Follow the signs and they will lead you to what looks like a cabin but this is the entry point to the falls. They do charge 500 yen per person, have restrooms, vending machines and picnic areas. They also open at 9am so with it being summer time, I would recommend being there as early as you can because the heat is no joke! As you hike back, take your time because you will see many different types of wildlife (snakes included). Be safe and enjoy. – Pat TaborHave you ever been to Hiji Falls? Do you have any images you would like to share? Please tell us about your experience.