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  • Nachi Falls from the Pagoda
    Nachi Falls from the Pagoda
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    Nachi Shrine
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    Pagoda and Nachi Falls
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    by Rabbityama Written Jul 9, 2012

    Nachi Shrine is one of the three shrines that make up the Kumano Sanzan and the reason that this mountain is part of the Kumano Pilgrimage. This shrine is the main place that pilgrims came to visit.

    The shrine is said to have originally been built by Emperor Jimmu after being led to Nachi Falls by a mysterious light. The shrine you see today dates back to 1730. Restoration work was done to preserve it in 1935 and it was given a fresh coat of paint in 1983, so if it looks new, it is the paint but underneath the paint it remains an authentic historic shrine (The shrine suffered some damage in the fall of 2011 after major flooding, but only part of the shrine was damaged and work has been done to restore those parts).

    The shrine also has a treasure house containing ancient artifacts from the Nara Period onward. The shrine is free, but the treasure house costs 300 yen to enter.

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    by Rabbityama Written Jul 6, 2012

    Among the many things that draw people to the southernmost region of Kansai, Nachi Falls is certainly one of the top attractions. It is one of the tallest waterfalls in Japan at 133 feet and is arguably the most iconic.

    The falls have been worshipped as sacred prior to the existence of both Buddhism and Shinto. The falls became sacred under Shintoism after it had spread to the region. If you look, you can see shimenawa (sacred Shinto ropes) crossing the top of the falls. There are many places from which to view the falls. There is a shrine just below the falls which is the main viewing point. It's free however, for 300 yen you can go to a platform behind the shrine to get a little closer.

    The other main viewpoints are near Seigantoji Temple, which is where you can take pictures of the falls with the pagoda, the most popular view, and from inside the pagoda (200 yen) which offers a view of the falls with the surrounding primeval forest to create a more natural view.

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    by Rabbityama Written Jul 5, 2012

    Seigantoji is a historic temple built next to Nachi Shrine. The temple building is the oldest structure on Nachi Mountain, dating back to 1590. Since it's intermixed with Nachi Shrine, it is part of the Kumano Pilgrimage. In addition, it is also the first temple of the Saigoku 33 Kannon Temple Pilgrimage.

    The hondo is small but the inside is impressive and has a nice atmosphere. Aside from the main building, the iconic pagoda is part of the temple. The view of the pagoda with the waterfall in the background is an impressive must-do photo op. You can also go inside the pagoda.

    The temple itself is free but entering the pagoda costs 200 yen.

    Seigantoji Temple Seigantoji Temple Pagoda and Nachi Falls Nachi Mountain Pagoda and Nachi Falls
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Katsuura Transportation

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    by Rabbityama Written Jun 20, 2012

    The main station in Nachi-Katsuura is Kii-Katsuura Station. From Osaka, the Kuroshio Trains will take you here. You can catch these trains at Shin-Osaka or Tennoji Station. It takes over 3 hours to reach Kii-Katsuura from Osaka.

    Once you arrive, to reach Kumano Nachi Shrine, Nachi Falls, and Seigantoji Temple you can take a bus. The buses run roughly once per hour but are often timed to leave shortly after the arrival of the trains so go straight to the bus center and purchase your ticket. You can get a roundtrip ticket for 1000 yen. One-way is 600 yen.

    If you choose to walk, the estimated time is 4 hours. The walk will allow you to experience it in a similar way to the pilgrims of the past but it up the mountain, so be prepared.

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