Kumano-Nachi-taisha Shrine

Kumano-Nachi-taisha Shrine © Iry

What is Kumano-Nachi-taisha shrine?

Kumano-Nachi-Taisha located in Wakayama Prefecture where Fusuminokami and other gods and goddesses are enshrined. It was built in 317 at the current location, burnt down by Oda Nobunaga and rebuilt by Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Kumanohongu-Taisha Shrine as main shrine, along with Kumano-Nachi-Taisha and Kumanohayama-Taisha have been named as Kumano Miyama (Three Main Shrines of Kumano), registered as UNESCO World Heritage. There is a 467 stone-stair steps long pilgrimage road to the outstanding red temple building. In the total of six building using an architecture technique called Kumanogongentsukuri, different gods are enshrined.

Please also visit Nachi-Otaki which is near the Kumano-Nachi-Taisha Shrine. This Otaki (Waterfall) combined with two upper reaches "Ninotaki" and "Sannotaki" is a national designated scenic spot. It also got chosen as one of the "Top 100 waters of Japan" and the sound of it has also been selected as one of the "100 Soundscapes of Japan".


Take Kumano Bus from JR Kiikatsuura Station and get off at Nachisan Stop. For driving please use Nankitanabe IC of Hanwa driveway or Kumanoodomari IC of Kumanoowasedouro to the nearest interchange. 4 to 5 hours’ drive from the interchange.

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Description: Kumano-Nachi-taisha Shrine

Sights Kumano-Nachi-taisha Shrine (熊野那智大社)
Address Wakayama-ken, Higashimuro-gun Nachikatsuura-chō Nachisan 1
Phone / Fax Phone: 0735-55-0321 / Fax: 0735-55-0643
Duration 2Hour(s)
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Groups Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

Map: Kumano-Nachi-taisha Shrine