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Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine (熊野那智大社)

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.


Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunnachikatsurachou Nachisan 1 (Shirahama / Ryujin / Kumano / NachiArea)

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Review of Kumano Nachi Taisha

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Reviewed:2020/02/12 Double view:Nachi taisha and nachi falls
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.
Reviewed:2019/11/28 Great view if Nachi Falls
Beautiful old Buddhist temple best know for its spectacular view of Nachi Falls.
Station in the Kumano pilgrimage
Reviewed:2019/11/10 A FULL DAY TO GET HERE
If not coming from Wakayama, it can be a full day to get here, BUT worth it if (as I had) not much tourists and a beautiful day. Wear comfortable shoes if you want to see more than the view off the...

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Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunnachikatsurachou Nachisan 1 [map]
Shirahama / Ryujin / Kumano / NachiArea
[Treasure Hall] Wednesday
[Treasure Hall] 300yen
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Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes

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          Wakayama Areas


          Wakayama prefecture unites pilgrims, food lovers, and culture buffs in a tranquil corner of Japan at the base of the Kii Peninsula. The setting for many a Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail, Wakayama invites those in search of spirituality from one side of the prefecture to the other, from the 100-plus Buddhist temples of the sacred Mount Koya in the west to the inspiring temples of the Kumano Sanzan set among breathtaking nature in the east. Once the grueling hike is complete, make a beeline for Wakayama city to savor some of the country's most delicious ramen noodles.