Nachi Falls: The Best Scenic Waterfalls in Japan

Nachi no Taki: Scenic Waterfalls and Three Storied Pagoda on Kuma no Kodo Pilgrimage

Nachi Falls (那智の滝) is located in Nachikatsuura, Wakayama Prefecture.

The waterfalls is a part of UNESCO World Heritage site of “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range”, which also includes the ancient pilgrimage routes, Kumano Kodo. The falls can be accessed within short walk from Kumano Nachi Taisha shrine and Seigantoji Temple.

The 133 m Nachi Falls is the highest waterfalls in Japan and counted as the three greatest waterfalls in Japan along with Kegon falls in Tochigi prefecture and Fukuroda falls in Ibaraki prefecture.

The falls has been one of the best highlights of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route and attracting visitors by the magnificent view, especially with the Pagoda of Seigantoji temple. The dynamic view of the falls and the 3-story ancient red pagoda is definitely one of the most beautiful scenery in Japan.


Access: bus from Kii-Katsuura Station (towards Nachi san) and get off at Nachi no Taki mae stop then walk 5 mins

Hours: 7:00~16:30

Fee: 300 yen

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