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Nachi no Taki (Nachi Falls)
Measuring 133 m high and 13 m wide, this big waterfall cascades in the middle of a primeval forest, which is recognized as a natural treasure. Chosen as one of three Japan's famous waterfalls, it is the tallest waterfall in Japan. Each second, one ton of water falls. In 2004, it is also designated as a part of the World Heritage "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range." In addition, it also belongs to Hiro Shrine situated on the top of Mt. Nachi. As a result, the waterfall has been worshiped as a spirit. Furthermore, there are stairs called Kamakura Tsumi-ishi Kaidan, that links Hiro Shrine and Kumano Nachi Taisha. Even though they are quite uneven, it is a charming old route.
- Nachisan, Nachikatsu-ura, Higashimuro-gun, Wakayama
- Contact No.
- 27-min bus ride on Kumano Kotsu line bus, bound for Nachisan, via Nachi Station, from JR Kii Katsuura Station. Get off at Nachi no Taki Mae stop and walk for 5 min
- Opening Hours / Holidays
Open all year round
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 60 min
- Admission fee
- Free, 300 yen to see the waterfall at Hiro Shrine
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Be Astonished by the size and the noise of Nachi no O-taki
As you go down the stone stairs after passing under the gate of Hiro Shrine, you see a massive waterfall that drops from the cliff in the middle of Nachi primeval forest, which is a natural treasure. Since this waterfall is considered as a god, it is a blessing to touch the splashing water. It is one of the "100 selected Japanese waterfall" and "100 Soundscapes in Japan."
Hiro Shrine enshrines Nachi no Taki
You need to pay an entrance fee to go near the basin under the waterfall. Yet it is free to enter the Hiro Shrine, from which you can clearly see the powerful Nachi Falls. Surrounded by old cedar trees, the basin of the waterfall is situated right after going through the gate of Hiro Shrine. At the office inside the shrine, you can purchase shrine seals and lucky charms. The jumbo omikuji (fortune slips) is especially popular. A fortune slip measures 133 cm long, since the waterfall is 133 m high.
Waterfall water grants longevity
As you reach "Mitaki Ugan" from the basin of the waterfall, you will see a spot where you can obtain "waterfall water for longevity." You can drink this water for 100 yen. It is said that a shellfish with nine holes, which brings you longevity, better fortune and happiness, is inside the basin of the waterfall, granting you with a long life.
Kumano Nachi Taisha
It is a well-worshiped shrine in Kumano, along with Nachisan Senganto-ji temple, since a long time. Even today, many visitors still visit here. It is the Grand Shrine of all the 3000 Kumano shrines in Japan. The main shrine standing on top of the 467 stone stairs enshrine gods of agriculture, fishery and good matchmaking, and the like.
Kamakura Tsumi Stone Stairs
You can reach Kumano Nachi Taisha from Hiro Shrine by car. Yet you can also take steep stone stairs called Kamakura Tsumi Stone Stairs made of natural stones to reach there. This road goes through a cedar forest. If you choose this route, you can reach Nachi Taisha in approx. 30 min, while enjoying the charming ancient route.
Kumano Kodo is a pilgrimage road that leads to three shrines called Kumano Sanzan and passes through the prefectures of Mie, Nara, Wakayama and Osaka. This pilgrimage road is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage in 2004. You must see the stone stairs covered in moss in the middle of the beautiful forest.