Nachi Falls

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One of the Three Great Waterfalls of Japan, Nachi Falls is 13 meters wide and 133 meters tall, and it boasts the largest uninterrupted drop for waterfalls in Japan.
Nachi Falls is the shintai, or Shinto object of worship, for Hiro Shrine, an auxiliary shrine of Kumano Nachi Taisha. Since long ago, Nachi Falls have been considered an object of natural worship. It has been said that being splashed by the waterfalls grants benefits.
In 2004, Nachi Falls was registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site as part of the “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range.”

Also, nearby is another World Heritage Site, “Kumano Kodo Daimon-zaka.” Visitors can also walk a 600-meter-long beautiful cobblestone path to Mt. Nachi, where Nachi Falls and Kumano Nachi Taisha are located.

World Heritage Site, Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range, Natural Worship, #1 in Japan
[Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range, Natural Worship]

We also recommend taking the 2.5-kilometer-long walking course from Daimon-zaka to Kumano Nachi Taisha and Nachi Falls to fully experience the atmosphere of Kumano Kodo.

Kumano Kodo, Daimon-zaka, Cobblestone, Mt. Nachi, Sacred Land
[Kumano Kodo, Daimon-zaka, Cobblestone, Mt. Nachi]

Basic information on Nachi Falls

Nachi Falls

Mt. Nachi, Nachikatsuura, Wakayama Prefecture
About 30 minutes by bus (Kumano Transit Bus) on the Mt. Nachi route from Kii-Katsuura Station, then 5 minutes on foot from the Nachi Falls stop
0735-55-0321 (Kumano Nachi Taisha)
Opening Hours
All hours
Open every day
※Waterfall Worship Site (Up Close to Waterfall) 7:00-16:30. Adults 300 yen. 7-15 years of age 200 yen.