Top things to do in Nachi-Katsuura

Waterfall in Nachi-Katsuura

Nachi-no-taki

At 133m, Nachi-no-taki is Japan's highest waterfall. It's the first of many still deeper in the Nachi mountains and has long been used in ascetic training.
Shinto Shrine in Nachi-Katsuura

Kumano Nachi Taisha

Built on the side of a mountain, facing the waterfall Nachi-no-taki, this shrine is one of Kii's most spiritual places, a site of ancient nature worship and one of the Kumano Sanzan (three great shrines of Kumano). …
Buddhist Temple in Nachi-Katsuura

Seiganto-ji

This wooden temple, absent of colour and next to the Shintō shrine Kumano Nachi Taisha, was last rebuilt in 1590, making it the oldest building in Kii (legend takes its founding back another 1000-plus years). The go…
Cultural in Nachi-Katsuura

Nachi-no-Ōgi Matsuri

Mikoshi (portable shrines) are brought down from Kumano Nachi Taisha on the mountain to the waterfall Nachi-no-taki, where they're met by groups bearing dramatic, flaming torches (believed to have a purifying effect…
Shinto Shrine in Nachi-Katsuura

Hirō-jinja

For a close-up look at the falls, hike the 135 steps to this small shrine, which has a viewing platform (it's also the spot from which to worship the falls). Drinking water from the dragon's mouth at the font (use y…