World Heritage: Nachi Taisha Shrine4.1
This shrine, along with Hongu Taisha and Hayatama Taisha, is one of three destinations of pilgrimage in the mountains of Kumano. If you want to experience the ancient feel of pilgrimage, climb up the Daimon-zaka path, a 600m slope with moss-covered stone stairs and lined with towering cryptomeria trees. For experienced hikers, a 7km trail from Nachi Station is also recommended.
From the information center area, the final approach with 500-step staircase takes you to the shrine, which stands next to a temple. The view of the temple's 3-story pagoda and the sacred Nachi-no-taki, Japan's highest waterfall (133m), is rewarding to a long climb. The Katsuura hot spring resort, along the coastline, can be a base camp to make day trips around here.
Purposeworld heritage,nature,family,mountain climbing,mysterious lands of Japan,shrine/temple,art,sightseeing
Airport/Sta.Kansai International Airport (about 104.2km) Google Transit
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5.010 months ago
Beautiful shrine area. Walking up here was worth every step. There are some benches to sit and the view is excellent. The temple itself is in great condition and there are some shops around. An incense burner completes the mystical atmosphere.
4.05 months ago
There were too many stairs that my dogs got exhausted lol Definitely better go there when it’s cold. You will still get sweat tho.
5.0a year ago
What a wonderful temple place!!!
Absolutely worth every single step uphill, and the travel with local trains from Osaka to be compensated with a unique temple complex of the 3-legged-raven.
Yes, GOT-fans ... a raven with 3 legs, not with 3 eyes :-)
As in most places try to be here early. Even though the shrines and temples open up around 9:00, you will have chances to explore the complex and take some good photos for memories, without the risk of being photo-bombed.
4.0a year ago
Kind of hard to get here but ultimately it is something that needs to be seen when you're in Wakayama. I would suggest coming a little earlier if at all possible as you will avoid the crowds and your pictures will turn out better if you're into that sort of thing. On top of the mountain there are three temples or shrines you can walk to. Most people who drove to this place will park their cars on the bottom and pay about 500 yen then walk up the side of the mountain to reach the shrine. For the lazier folks, there is actually a gate that you can pay 800 yen and have direct car access to the parking lot at the top.
4.09 months ago
So many stairs! But beautiful.. just wish they didnt turn it into a gift shop.