Kii Peninsula

Sandan-beki is a 50m cliff face that drops away vertiginously into the sea – a particularly awesome sight when the big rollers are pounding in from the Pacific. There's a free observation deck.

The natural caves at the base of the cliff were once a pirate hideaway; a lift can take you down there, where there are some historical exhibits and a shrine to sea goddess Benzaiten (adult/child ¥1300/650; 8am to 4.30pm).

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1. Senjō-jiki


Senjō-jiki is a wildly eroded point with layer after horizontal layer of stratified rock; this explains its name in Japanese, which translates to Thousand…

2. Shirara-hama

1.24 MILES

Shirahama's main beach is famous for its white sand – though what's there now was imported from Perth in the '90s, as the original sand was lost to…

3. Takijiri-ōji

12.97 MILES

Takijiri-ōji is one of five major ōji (smaller shrines along the Kumano Kodō). It marks the beginning of the passage into the mountains and today serves…

4. Hosshinmon-ōji

26.73 MILES

The last of the five major ōji (smaller shrines along the Kumano Kodō) before Kumano Hongū Taisha, Hosshinmon-ōji marks the outer limits of the grand…

5. Yuasa Soy Sauce Factory

26.77 MILES

In the town believed to be the first place in Japan to produce soy sauce (shōyu in Japanese) – some 750 years ago – this factory lets visitors in on both…

6. Tōkō-ji

26.81 MILES

This temple in the middle of Yunomine Onsen is just above Tsubo-yu Onsen, and like many hot springs adjacent to temples, is dedicated to Yakushi Nyorai,…

7. Ōtorii

27.84 MILES

In 2000 this giant torii (entrance gate to a Shintō shrine) – 33.9m tall and 42m wide, made out of steel, painted dramatic black and the largest in Japan …

8. Kumano Hongū Taisha

27.96 MILES

Kumano Hongū Taisha is one of the Kumano Sanzan (three great shrines of Kumano) and if you're following the traditional pilgrim route, it's the first one…