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What is the Nachi Falls?
The Nachi Falls is the tallest waterfall in Japan as single uninterrupted drop of 133 meters, with a depth of 10 meters and one ton of water dropping down the cliff every second. The falls is counted as one of the Three Major Waterfalls in Japan and designated as the place of scenic beauty of Japan. The falls also forms a part of the "Sacred Site and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range" UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The falls, a part of an object of worship in a Shinto ritual
The Hiryu-jinja Shrine stands in front of the Nachi Falls, the auxiliary shrine of the Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine. The Hiryu-jinja Shrine has no honden (main hall) because the falls itself serves as the object of worship. Even the splashes of the falls are believed to have the divinity of long life.
Access and highlight of the falls
You can visit the Nachi Falls by train and bus or car. If you go by train and bus, get on the fixed route bus of the Kumanokotsu bound for Nachi-san-yuki at JR Kiikatsuura Station on the Kii Main Line of JR West. It takes 30 minutes to the bus stop Nachi-no-taki-mae where you get off the bus. If you go by car, use the National Route 42 and prefectural road. There are pay parking lots near the falls. You need to walk from the parking lot to the falls. It is recommended to view the falls from the observation deck set inside the Hirui-jinja Shrine, where you can enjoy dynamic scenery with whitewater next to the basin of the waterfalls. The fee is 300 yen per person. The Hiryu-jinja Shrine is open from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The observation deck is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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Description: Nachi Falls
|Sights||Nachi Falls (那智の滝)|
Nachi-san, Nachi Katsuura-cho, Higashimuro-gun, Wakayama
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 0735-55-0321|
|Closed dates||7 days open|
|Admission Fee||Pay admission: 300yen|
Spring (March - May)Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
|Recommended target||Family Couples Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|
Map: Nachi Falls