Kumano Nachi Taisha, Nachikatsura-cho

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#1 of 8 in Historic Sites in Higashimuro-gun
See the fusion of Buddhist and Shinto influences that separates the region from others at Kumano Nachi Taisha, a UNESCO-protected Shinto shrine occupying the same plot as a Buddhist temple. Located halfway up the mountain, the shrine stands at 350 m (1148 ft) above sea level, with its impressive backdrop featuring the tallest waterfall in the country. The shrine's architecture and spiritual importance combine with the scenery to give the area an atmosphere of reverence and calm. Part of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route, the shrine--along with others on the 1000-year-old pilgrimage route--has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Work out when and for how long to visit Kumano Nachi Taisha and other Nachikatsura-cho attractions using our handy Nachikatsura-cho itinerary planner.
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  • August 15, 2017
    You can find nice little cafe around there. Brown sugar ice cream was really good after walking!!  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Going up swill mountain road to Kumano hayatama Taisha is about 30 minutes by car. The mystery is not only unknown, but more or less time. Just go, get the power.
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  • August 13, 2017
    In Nachi in the mountains 30 minutes from Nachi Katsuura-Shingu road (free) Nachi Katsuura. As finding close parking and has a space of 30 precincts next to the 800 yen is necessary as tolls, parking lot is 500 yen, shuttle and after meals and souvenirs of the approach such as free. Back parking lot after all, exploring the environment and approach to it was difficult.... Fantastic, great tower and the Nachi waterfall.
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Where to stay in Nachikatsura-cho

You can find a couple of guesthouses and minshukus (private homes with rental rooms) close to the temple, located inland from the center of Nachikatsuura-cho. However, by far the greatest collection of places to stay in Nachikatsuura-cho lies down by the coast. You can find some good budget hotels near the main train stations that run past the water, as well as some side-street guesthouses. Look for traditional ryokans offering onsite spa facilities close to the hot springs.
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