Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine

One of the Three Head Kumano Shrines which serve as the headquarters of all Kumano shrines nationwide. Unlike the other two, however, the origin of this shrine lies in a primeval faith which sees the Nachi Falls deep in the mountains as sacred. At the affiliated Hiro-jinja Shrine, the falls themselves are worshipped, and since ancient times this shrine has been visited by numerous faithful and other visitors asking for a long life. Visitors can drink the water at the falls’ basin from a platform directly in front of the falls; the water is said to give longevity. The shrine’s grounds contain six vermillion lacquered buildings such as the main nave, hall of worship, and treasure house, as well as numerous other points of note such as the Stone of the Yatagarasu (a mythical three-legged crow), and a massive 850-year-old tree planted by the noble Taira no Shigemori.

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Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunnachikatsurachou Nachisan 1 map map Map
[Treasure Hall] Wednesday
[Treasure Hall] 300yen
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Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • One of the most pictorial spots in Japan. Beautiful view.
    5.0 Reviewed : 2021.05.24
    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.
  • Double view:Nachi taisha and nachi falls
    5.0 Reviewed : 2020.02.12
    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.
  • Great view if Nachi Falls
    4.0 Reviewed : 2019.11.28
    Beautiful old Buddhist temple best know for its spectacular view of Nachi Falls. Station in the Kumano pilgrimage

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