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Nachikatsura-cho

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Things to do: religious sites, nature, sightseeing
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions. Home to Japan's tallest waterfall and a World Heritage-listed temple, the forested and mountainous area around the town has become its landmark and symbol. An ancient pilgrimage route leads through the hills here, giving a mystical air to the woods and summits. Head down to the coast during your Nachikatsuura-cho holiday for a whale-watching tour, and see the many fishing boats setting off to catch tuna, a local speciality. Arrange all the small, but important details of your Nachikatsura-cho trip itinerary using our Japan vacation trip planner.
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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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