Kumano Nachi Taisha

Kumano Nachi Taisha, Nachikatsura-cho

Kumano Nachi Taisha
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6:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Yew Hong Ng
Singapore, Singapore196 contributions
Solo
I travelled to this place to visit the Nachi Taisha and Seigantoji, first in the Saigoku 33 Kannon pilgrimage. The information is probably also useful if you want to do all the of the Taisha on the Kumano Kodo. Before the trip I went to the JR West website to reserve a JR West Kansai Wide Area Pass, which cost 7200 yen and provides unlimited travel on a great variety of train lines run by JR West for 4 days. A single trip to and fro the Kumano area would cost more than 8000 yen so this is a good deal.

At the Kansai Airport train station, I claimed my Pass. From the Kansai Airport, I took the local train to Hineno. At Hineno, there is a train that will go to Kiikatsuura with a change at Wakayama station. Depending on your preference, you can also choose to go to Nachi station which is one station further - it really depends on the accommodation you managed to get. Hyperdia is a good site to use to plan your train rides in Japan. The train ride takes several hours along the coast of the Kii peninsula, which was wonderfully scenic. Getting off at kiikatsuura, I made my way to my hotel, Le Charmant, which was just a 5 minutes walk away. It's a decent hotel. From the hotel, I obtained important information such as the bus timetable for going up to Nachisan. There were also maps of Nachisan as well as the area. There is a friendly lady manning the front desk there who told me she has been learning English but few foreigners come down. The coastline that Kiikatsuura is situated on is very beautiful and its worth a walk in the evening time. You can also visit the two hashi (foot) baths where you can just take of your shoes and enjoy the natural onsen water by putting your feet in. A small towel would come in handy! Several restaurants in the area for dinner.

The next day, I timed myself so that I had my breakfast and could catch an early bus up to Nachisan. The bus stop is right by the train station. This bus will also stop at Nachi train station. Traditionally, the Kumano Kodo is a pilgrimage rite where people would literally walk the entire distance which would take months or even years (even now you may see some of them in the traditional white clothings with a staff and traditional hat), so there was no issue about where to start when visiting Nachisan. However, for modern travelers, the bus will stop at the Daimon (big gate) which is where pious modern pilgrims would start. Unless you are fit or pious enough, this is not a good choice to start. The steps are irregular and slippery, and it would take a long time up. I chose to stop at the Nachi Taki (waterfall) which is what makes this place famous in the past - the reason why they built a temple and shrine nearby (just Google for images from Nachi). What a magnificent waterfall! You can pay a small amount to go up a slope to a platform that will give you a good view of it and the surrounding area.

From there, I took the eastern stairs up to the pagoda. Photo time! Try to catch the pagoda and the waterfall in a single shot! From there just go up the slope until you reach Seigantoji Temple, followed by Nachi Taisha. The Nachi Taisha by itself is the most accessible but least attractive of the three Taisha along the Kumano Kodo. It's a small place, you won't spend a lot of time here. In Seigantoji, I would highly recommend that you buy a temple seals notebook for the 33 Kannon Pilgrimage. You can google "japanese temple seals goshuin" to know more about this.

From Nachi Taisha, it is downward all the way. Take note that you should not be going down via the road - Once you go down the steps from Nachi Taisha and reach the road, you should turn right towards the carpark. Here, the Kumano Kodo continues in the form of steps going down all the way to the Daimon which makes for a great walk in the woods.

At the Daimon, you should see the bus stop that you should wait at for the bus going back to kiikatsuura. My journey ended here - I took the train back to Wakayama but you can always go on to the other 2 Taishas on the Kumano Kodo.
Written December 24, 2014
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jajavalB
Lampang, Thailand2,627 contributions
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What an unopportunity! It's under renovation so the front of shrine was covered with canvas and scaffolding but There is a small path to let I see part of this grand shrine. Nearby Seigantoji temple is also renovated but it's allowed tourist to get inside.
Written July 28, 2018
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Hitchiker_bear
Country Victoria, Australia696 contributions
Couples
Nachisan, a generic name for the mountains surrounding Kumano Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine; part of Yoshino-Kumano National Park. For photographers the classic view of both the pagoda and Nachi-no-Otaki waterfall behind, is gained by walking up a wide concrete path sloping uphill from near the front of the three tier pagoda. Near a rock garden, and bronze statue are stairs leading uphill to other temples and shrines. A regular bus service plies the circuit from Kii-Katsuura and Nachi Rail Stations to the waterfall and temples. Departing Kii-Katsuura the bus stops at several town locations along the route, once clear of the main towns it halts at Diamonzaka Chushajo-mae which is a large, open, flat car-parking area on the right hand side; rest area and toilets provided. It is possible to get off here and walk the short distance (300 yards or so) to the Diamonzaka Stop, and the stone stairs which form part of the Kumano Kudo Pilgrimage Route. From the Diamonzaka stop a small asphalt path slightly downhill from the stop, marks the beginning of this ancient path which initially passes dwellings and orchards.
Bus tickets are available from a small shop across from the Kii-Katsuura train station. A Yen 1000 Day Bus pass is available for the trip. (freedom to get on and off the bus). The Pass is collected and kept by the driver when you alight on your return to the Kii-Katsuura Station. Individual fares are also available One Way ticket Kii-Katsuura to the upper stop at the Shrine complex Yen 620. One Way ticket Kii-Katsuura to the Diamonzakia Chushajo-Mae stop Yen 420. The tourism bureau has a very comprehensive web site with information maps, timetables, and wide-ranging descriptions of short and long hikes on the Kumano Trails in the area. (Search: Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau. Timetable for Kii-Katsuura to the falls is No 8.
Written January 11, 2017
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hfot2 🌸🍁🌸
Vermont6,800 contributions
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We stayed in Kii Katsuura and took a local bus to the base of Daimonzaka. Get off at the second bus stop once you arrive there; the first one is at a parking area the second gets you right to the start of the road that leads to the stairs.

We walked up to the top - a long, but easy walk under imposing and gigantic trees, followed by a long steep set of stairs. Worth doing.

The shrine is at the top in a large compound shared with Seigantoji Temple.

Although the shrine is interesting and views can be spectacular, it’s the walk up to the temple/shrine compound that we found the most satisfying. The torii at the entrance to the compound provides pilgrims with a grand view up more steps with autumn foliage and shrine buildings showing through the gate. The vermillion and white shrine buildings were very photogenic especially so with the evergreens in the background.

The massive ancient Kami tree was tempting, but we looked in and decided not to try to climb through it though we watched as others did. It might have been something we should have done, but I wouldn’t want to get stuck inside a tree!

You can easily get from Nachi Taisha to Seigantoji Temple - just go through the gate beyond the tree.

Then, head to the pagoda and waterfall to complete a great day’s visit.
Written June 9, 2016
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Norman H / the search yours in adventure
Sydney, Australia675 contributions
Friends
This was our final stop on our Kunamo Kodo Kohechi Trek from Koyasan. What a sight to see, it was a big build up from all reports and it didn't let you down (yes - despite the Recent scaffold/ maintenance repair work) its always unfortunate to see this once you are at such a sacred place BUT I was not going to let that deter me from the reason why I was here and ultimately the reason why we all visit this sacred place and its history behind it.

What a truly amazing place to finish that words cannot really describe as you walk down the never ending steps the view of the pagoda and Nachi falls is certainly a sight to see.

Its amazing to see how both the original shinto and more recent Buddhist faith seem to co exist here...

The views are just amazing as you look straight ahead to the mountains in front and then ultimately to the right out to Kii Katsuura.

We stayed in the Nachi Taisha Precint in a Ryokan and enjoyed some amazing traditional Japanese food on our last night on trail...

I certainly love to come back here and spend I bit more time less rushed.
Written December 6, 2018
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GabyVM
Jakarta, Indonesia7,714 contributions
Couples
Nachi Taisha is the biggest and deserves spending longer hours than the other 2 grand shrines (in Hongu and Shingu) on the sacred World Heritage Kumano Kodo trail. Not a single temple, it's located in a hilly complex together with the famous Nachi waterfalls and 3 storey vermilion pagoda (jointly creating iconic photos), 5th century Seiganto-ji temple with quaint architecture and a few others including a little cafe selling yummy green tea ice cream, etc.
While the shrine and waterfalls are directly accessible by bus (different stops with some walk), you can choose to walk the 600 m cobblestone stairs of Daimonzaka slope (separate reviews) leading to Nachi Taisha which gives you a taste of the ancient Kumano Kodo trail without having to be experienced hikers. So glad we did that. Be careful though as in some parts the mossy stones were slippery (free walking sticks available at the Daimonzaka Chusayo bus stop for longer over 1 km walk, and Kumano Kodo bus stop 1/3 up the slope). The visitor centre at Kii Katsuura station provided helpful information.
Written October 31, 2017
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ONELIFE_LIFE
Paris, France79 contributions
Couples
Stunning view of a wonderful temple together with the waterfall behind. Expect busloads of people to join the experience, so it's not for spirituality you should go here.

Busses connect the place with the railroad along the coastline (Nachi station), it is a ca. 20min drive. On site, i'd recommend to exit the bus at the waterfall station. The actual view of the waterfall is a couple of stairs down. Then, go those stairs up again, and continue to climb to the temple, from where you will have the famous view. One level higher, you can visit the whole temple area, and then you can take the bus back from there.

Depending on the time you spend at the temples, plan for about 1/2 day in total.
Written August 30, 2016
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Pearl H
London167 contributions
Although it's not the easiest to get to or get information about this is one of the most beautiful places I have experienced. We stayed in Wakayama, although having now experienced the cleanliness and quality of Japanese accommodation I would next time stay locally, probably in a ryokan. Anyway, you can get the train around the peninsular from Wakayama and then there is a bus that will take you from the local station - but be careful as around here there may not be signs in English! You can also get a taxi pretty cheaply (local station is Katsuura also known as Kii-Katsuura) and there were taxis waiting at the top by the falls when we were there so we could have got back quicker! My best tip is don't go all the way to the top - walk up the Diamonzaka - it's a reasonably easy walk (I thought it was going to be much harder) and it's a magical experience walking up through ancient trees to the gradually louder sound of the falls. Also make sure you stop at the Post Office, tea garden and bonsai garden as well as visiting the famous pagoda and shrine. Also don't overlook the ancient shrine which is a real tree.
Written February 27, 2016
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janicelcl
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia21 contributions
Couples
A must visit together with the waterfall. Known to be a sacred place by Japanese pilgramage. A half day trip should sufficient unless u want to explore and hike the inner parts of the mountain
Written February 9, 2015
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carol f
Fremont, CA25 contributions
Family
It is several hours away by train from Osaka and then you take a bus to get to the area, and then you hike, hike, hike, but when you get there, you will never forget it. Breathtaking views and peaceful scenery. I went with my 80 year old parents and three kids ranging in ages of 2 - 10 and they all were moved. We stayed at the nearby Mitaki Sanso so my parents went back to the hotel to rest but we stayed for several more hours just walking around the huge hiking area and even trying on some period kimonos for pictures. A video of our time here is posted at http://youtu.be/K64yTEWrxFA?list=PLMv0ESF8d42dbqZg1RdEOFQfo2SfvLRlG check it out.
Written September 17, 2014
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