Reputed to be 1,400 years old, this is perhaps the most impressive of the Kumano Kodo shrines. It overlooks Nachi-no-taki 那智の滝, the highest waterfall in Japan, which drops 430 feet into a rocky river. At the bus stop near the falls, a large torii (gate) marks the start of a short path that leads to a paved clearing near the foot of the falls. A 15-minute climb up the mossy stone path opposite the souvenir shops is the temple. You can ride an elevator
to the top of the bright red pagoda for an on-high view of the waterfall. Next to the shrine is the 1587 Buddhist temple Seiganto-ji 青岸度時, starting point for a 33-temple Kannon pilgrimage through western Honshu. Many visitors walk here from a point several kilometers away on the road to Nachi Station. The temple grounds offer mountain views to the southwest.
1 Nachi-san, Nachi, 649-5301, Japan