From its source in an evergreen primeval forest and with an awe-inspiring 133 meter drop, Nachi Falls is Japan's largest vertical drop waterfall.
Much more than a simple scene of natural beauty, the falls are worshipped as the home of a Shinto deity. The thundering sound of a ton of water barreling down every second will give believers and non-believers alike a spiritual experience.
- The power and majesty of Japan's highest waterfall
- At the base of the falls, 100 yen will buy you a taste of pure waterfall water, offering the drinker good fortune and a long life
Buddhism and Shintoism exist in harmony here, seen in the proximity of the Buddhist Seiganto-ji Temple and the Shinto Kumano Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine .
Both are impressive buildings in their own right. Seiganto-ji Temple is known for its three-story pagoda—the bright red edges set against the roaring waterfall offer photographers fantastic opportunities to capture a man-made structure interacting with nature.
From Wakayama's Kii-Katsuura station, take the 30-minute bus ride to Nachi-no-Taki-mae. It's a further five minutes on foot.