Kumano Nachi Taisha, Nachikatsura-cho

#1 of 8 in Historic Sites in Higashimuro-gun
Must see · Religious Site · Tourist Spot
See the fusion of Buddhist and Shinto influences that separates the region from others at Kumano Nachi Taisha, a UNESCO-protected Shinto shrine occupying the same plot as a Buddhist temple. Located halfway up the mountain, the shrine stands at 350 m (1148 ft) above sea level, with its impressive backdrop featuring the tallest waterfall in the country. The shrine's architecture and spiritual importance combine with the scenery to give the area an atmosphere of reverence and calm. Part of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route, the shrine--along with others on the 1000-year-old pilgrimage route--has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Plan your Kumano Nachi Taisha visit and explore what else you can see and do in Nachikatsura-cho using our Nachikatsura-cho trip planner.
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  • One of the most pictorial spots in Japan. Beautiful view. It is far to get here, but it is worth it. When the waterfall flows full capacity, it is very impressive.  more »
  • It takes 20-30 minutes walk either by stairs or walking up to get to the temple but its all worth it. You can see the temple with nachi falls as the background. There is Kwan Im statue as well.  more »
  • What a wonderful temple place!!! Absolutely worth every single step uphill, and the travel with local trains from Osaka to be compensated with a unique temple complex of the 3-legged-raven. Yes, GOT-fans ... a raven with 3 legs, not with 3 eyes :-) As in most places try to be here early. Even though the shrines and temples open up around 9:00, you will have chances to explore the complex and take some good photos for memories, without the risk of being photo-bombed.
  • Very very very beautiful place you must go in your trip. You will have to take a bus to get there. My advice is that if you want to walk kind of long way, you should get off the bus at the first stop on the hill. If you don’t want to walk get off at the second stop.

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