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Kumano-Nachi Taisha

One of the three major shrines on Kumano mountains that is believed to help with relationships and wishes. There is an 850-year-old giant camphor tree and many other spots to see.

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In 662 BC, Kamuyamato-iware-hikonomikoto (became Emperor Jinmu) dedicated Nachi Waterfall as a god in this shrine. It is the head shrine of Kumano Shrines all over in Japan, known as one of the three major Kumano Shrines. It has another name, “Musubi no Miya” which means the shrine to bring a marriage and wishes to come true.

After a long stone steps, a red prayer pavilion looms, followed by six main chambers each holding different gods, that form a holy area. Besides the main chambers, there are the Bird Stone said to be the former crow that led Prince Jinmu to his destination, Nanrei Shrine known for the symbolic rebirth ritual, Yama-zakura cherry planted by the famous general, Hujiwara no Hidehira, etc. The holy Nagi tree, which has adapted to the nature in Kumano, is believed to bless visitors with peace and safety.

The place is open to the public for free, but you have come a long way, try the formal worship (the First Ceremony fee: 5000yen) which lasts for 30 minutes. A priest will explain the shrine’s history in the main chambers. After a worship, receive mementos at the shrine office, including the victory amulet with the design of a crow, believed to be the messenger from Kumano god.
The shrine was registered as World’s Cultural Heritage at UNESCO in 2004.

Highlights

  • The main head shrine of all Kumano Shrines in Japan.
  • There are main chambers, the holy tree, the crow’s Bird Stone, etc. on the premises.
  • Amulets for different blessings.

Photos

  • Kumano-Nachi Taisha

    Kumano-Nachi Taisha

  • A red prayer pavilion

    A red prayer pavilion

  • Nachi Waterfall is known for its beautiful scenery. Another shrine office stands there.

    Nachi Waterfall is known for its beautiful scenery. Another shrine office stands there.

Reviews

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  • James Lin

    風景優美的森林和瀑布同時也是世界遺產。

  • 秋燕

    邊爬邊休息看風景,走了很長一段時間終於到達世界遺產,壯觀的瀑布令人感到驚嘆!

  • Lan Lin

    過程中需要爬四百多階的樓梯,光爬樓梯時間就去掉一大半了。

  • 陳國雲

    很有靈氣的神社。

  • Tim 天

    瀑布和三重塔在同一個畫面裡格外美麗。

Details

Name in Japanese
熊野那智大社
Postal Code
649-5301
Address
1 Nachisan, Nachikatsuura-cho, Higashimuro-gun, Wakayama
Tel
0735-55-0321
Holidays
The premises open to the public
Hours
7:30am-4:00pm (Kumano-Nachi Taisha, Main Chamber Office)
Admission
The premises open free to the public
Access
From JR Kinokuni Line, Kii-katsuura Station, ride Kumano-Gobo Nankai bus for 30min
Credit Cards
Not accepted
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)