Takigakure (滝隠れの里, Takigakure no Sato, Literally meaning: Village Hidden by a Waterfall) is a village located in an unnamed country. In terms of the village's appearance, Takigakure seems to be based on mostly Southeast Asian aesthetics. Their current leader is Shibuki.
Around the time of the village's formation, the village tasked Kakuzu with assassinating Hashirama Senju, the First Hokage. Facing the might of the Wood Release, Kakuzu returned in failure. Despite the insurmountable danger faced on this mission, what awaited his return to his village was the stigma and harsh punishment associated with the failure of his objective. In response to this treatment, a wrong levied against a shinobi who had put life and limb on the line for his village, Kakuzu came to hold a violent hatred for Takigakure as he escaped from imprisonment. In his flight from the village, Kakuzu killed the village elders, took their hearts, and fled with knowledge of the village's most prized forbidden techniques.
At some point, the village came into possession of Chōmei, making it the only known village outside of the five great villages to hold a tailed beast. This tailed beast was sealed into Fū, who was eventually caught and the beast extracted by Akatsuki, resulting in Fū's death. In the anime, based on what Deidara told Naruto Uzumaki, Fū was hated and neglected by her village, and that the citizens were glad that she was captured and killed. She was also one of the first two jinchūriki to be caught.
Takigakure has yet to be seen in the manga, but in the anime it is shown to be built around a large tree. It also, predictably, has a waterfall as a defining landmark. Despite being surrounded by four other countries, Takigakure has never been successfully invaded, a feat they are very proud of. The village is renowned for being able to produce Hero Water every hundred years, which gives whoever drinks it ten times their ordinary chakra level; however, the strain of its use can prove fatal.
Hero Water Hiding Place
In the anime the Hero Water was hidden in a small pavilion-like structure, situated deep within the large tree's roots, in the centre of the village.
In the anime, in order to access the village, one have to go through a underwater cavesystem below the large waterfall. The cavesystem's exit leads into the large lake in the middle of Takigakure.
- In the spin-off manga Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power Ninden, Takigakure shinobi are often-time recurring antagonists.