Trip with a Rent a Car in Wakayama Pref: Waterfalls and shrines in Kumano Nachi

History Food & Drink Art & Architecture
5,000 JPY ~ / person
About 6 hours
Language: English

What we'll do

Nachi is a land of mystical creeds surrounded by mountains, waterfalls, and forests, and this is also a famous spot in Wakayama that has a profound history largely related to the origins of Japan. Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine is the main shrine for the 4,000 Kumano shrines across Japan, and this shrine is steeped in a deep reverence. The Nachi Waterfall is also called the "single waterfall," and it is also one of the three best waterfalls in Japan. At Michinoeki Nachi, you can stop by during a day trip to take a dip in the hot springs, and you can also buy fresh local produce. This a a wonderful tour for when you want to refresh your body and mind.

Meeting Place

We can meet here, at the TOYOTA Rent a Car Shirahama Shop.
From JR Shirahama Sta. Ext., 2-minute walk on Tanabe-SHirahama road.
The type of car we rent and the rental fee will depend on the number of people participating in the tour.
*One-way: Available inside / outside the prefecture


Price per person
5,000 JPY ~ / person
Max participants
Up to 4 people
Hosted in English
Things you need to know before the tour

-Taxis or rental cars are recommended for transportation.
-Transportation and Admission fees are not included in the price.
-Recommend comfortable shoes.


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    Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine

    The Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine is devoted to the Nachi Waterfall. It is one of the shrines that conveys the essence of nature worship in Kumano which has existed here since the ancient past. It is one of the three Kumano shrines on the Kumano Kodo route and draws pilgrims for the beauty of its natural scenery. In the vicinity of the shrine, there are also a number of Buddhist temples. The pagoda of Seigantoji temple with the backdrop of the waterfall is a popular photo motif. The proximity of these religious sites exemplifies how different philosophical and religious systems have co-developed and co-existed throughout Japanese history.

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    Nachi Waterfall

    The Nachi Waterfall in Wakayama Prefecture is one of Japan’s three most famous waterfalls and, with a drop of 133 meters, it is Japan’s greatest waterfall. It is considered a sacred waterfall and is the main object of worship of the Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine. The scene of the water dropping down can be seen from afar and is a truly impressive sight. If you are traveling on the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route, you should not miss out on this spot!

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    Michinoeki Nachi

    Michinoeki Nachi is a roadside station at the gateway to Mt. Nachisan. On premises, there is local agricultural produce for sale as well as an onsen facility called Tanshiki no Yu at which you can look out at Mt. Nachisan while you bathe. You can also easily take a visit to the Kumano Nachi World Heritage Information Center where you can experience and learn about the UNESCO World Heritage Site Kumano Nachi. The bellflower cherry trees in the parking bloom early, usually between January and early February, which is a popular sight for tourists.

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