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Seigantoji Temple, Nachikatsura-cho

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Absorb the distinctive beauty of Seigantoji Temple, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and, according to legend, founded by Indian monk Ragyō Shōnin. Built near the impressive Nachi Falls, which were previously a location of nature worship, the terrace at the temple affords breathtaking views of the cascade, the tallest in the country. Be sure to bring along your camera to capture photos of the view and the exquisite buildings in the temple complex. To visit Seigantoji Temple on your trip to Nachikatsura-cho, use our Nachikatsura-cho trip itinerary planner.
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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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  • Just beside the Grand Shrine of Nachi Taisha is this gorgeous wooden temple which is also Temple #1 on the Saigoku pilgrimage.  more »
  • We visited the temple during the day, and then went back at 5am for the early morning ceremony. We were the only ones there and the monks included us in the proceedings and invited us for tea and a bi...  more »
  • Nice walk around the temple complex. You can drive to the TOP by paying 800y for entrance to car park and see the waterfall by skipping the 400 steps climb. There are 2 Temple complex around this area...  more »