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  • Nachi Falls, Wakayama Prefecture

  • Nachi Falls, Wakayama Prefecture

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Facts & Figures

The 133 meters high Nachi Falls or Nachi no Taki is the tallest (uninterrupted) single drop waterfall in Japan. The scenic beauty of the falls with the Kumano Mountains as an backdrop is a well-known sight all over the country. Every second one ton of water is droppping down the cliff. The ridge has a width of 13 meters. Two rocks at the top of the Nachi Falls representing the guardian kami of the falls and the Shinto shrine. The whole area is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site - Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range.

  • Nachi Falls:
  • Opening Hours - daily, 7:00 am to 4:30 pm
  • Closed - never, open for the whole year
  • Admission Fee (viewing platform) - 300 yen


Nachi Falls is since ancient times an object of worship and is regarded as a deity. Each morning a Shinto priest performs a beautiful ceremony and makes offerings to the waterfall.

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Nachi no Taki is located in the southern part of the Wakayama Prefecture near the coastal hot spring resort of Katsuura.

How to get to Nachi Falls?

  • 3hrs 10min from Nagoya Station to Shingu Station by JR Kansai and Kise Line or
  • 4hrs from Shin-Osaka Station to Shingu Station by JR Hanwa and Kise Line and
  • 21min from JR Shingu Station to Nachi Station by JR Kise Line and
  • 20min from Nachi Station to Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine by bus

Sightseeing spots

near the falls:

Kumano Nachi Taisha - is a Shinto Shrine and belongs to the three Kumano Sanzan shrines (Hayatama Taisha, Hongu Taisha, Nachi Taisha - Three Grand Shrines of Kumano) and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site - Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range

Seigantoji (Temple of the Blue Waves) - is a Tendai Buddhist temple, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and an Important Cultural Property of Japan, the three-story pagoda at the temple grounds is an amazing sight

Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes - connects the other sacred UNESCO sites in the area - Koya-san, Hayatama Taisha, Hongu Taisha, Nachi Taisha

Festival & Events (dates can change without notice)


Nachi-no-Hi-Matsuri (Fire Festival of Nachi) (14th of July)
The Nachi-no-Hi-Matsuri is one of the three largest fire festivals within Japan. It is held at Kumano Nachi Taisha (Grand Shrine). 12 pine torches with an incredible weight of 50 kg each are carried and waved around. The torches represent the 12 months of the year and the 12 deities (gods) dwelling in Kumano. The annual Fire Festival celebrates the god coming back to his original place, Nachi Falls (Nachi no Taki).

December - New Year's Eve

Illumination of the Nachi Falls
At night on New Year's Eve the falls are lit up and give this place a mythical atmosphere.