Kumanokodo Nakahechi Route Walking Tour

Kumano Kodo Walk, Daimon-zaka to Nachi Falls (Kumano Nachi Taisha and Seiganto-ji Temple)

The Daimon-zaka is an ancient stone staircase lined with centuries old trees, leading from the valley bottom to the base of the Kumano Nachi Taisha shrine complex.

This walk climbs these worn cobblestone stairs, visits the Kumano Nachi Taisha, Seiganto-ji temple, and Nachi falls, the tallest in Japan at 133 meters high.

Join our tour to find the beautiful scenery .
* Duration: 4 to 6 hours
* Starts: Nachikatsuura, Japan
* Trip Category: Cultural & Theme Tours >> Cultural Tours




Kumano Kodo Walk, Daimon-zaka to Nachi Falls (Kumano Nachi Taisha and Seiganto-ji Temple)

The Daimon-zaka is an ancient stone staircase lined with centuries old trees, leading from the valley bottom to the base of the Kumano Nachi Taisha shrine complex.

This walk climbs these worn cobblestone stairs, visits the Kumano Nachi Taisha, Seiganto-ji temple, and Nachi falls, the tallest in Japan at 133 meters high.

Join our tour to find the beautiful scenery .

Itinerary
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Stop At: Kii-Katsuura Station, 6 Chome-1 Tsukiji, Nachikatsuura, Higashimuro District, Wakayama 649-5335, Japan

Kii-Katsuura Station (紀伊勝浦駅, Kii-Katsuura-eki) is a passenger railway station in located in the town of Nachikatsuura.

Tour departure from Kii-Katsuura station (Meet to guide)
Visit Daimon Zaka by local bus./

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Daimonzaka, Nachisan, Nachikatsura-cho, Higashimuro-gun 649-5301 Wakayama Prefecture

Daimon-zaka is an impressive cobblestone staircase slope which runs from the base of the valley to Kumano Nachi Taisha, Seiganto-ji Temple and Nachi waterfall. It is lined with centuries-old Japanese cedars (cryptomeria), cypress, camphor trees and bamboo groves. Daimon-zaka means “large gate slope” referring to a gate that once stood nearby. This is an excellent short walk on the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Nachi Mitaki Falls, Nachiyama, Nachikatsura-cho, Higashimuro-gun 649-5301 Wakayama Prefecture

The actual stone staircase is about 600 meters long with 267 stairs. At the base of the slope is the impressive Meitosugi – “husband and wife cedar trees,” whose roots are entwined beneath the path. Close by is the Daimon-zaka-chaya where you can rent Heian period kimonos, great for some memorial photos. Near the top of the slope you can catch your first glimpse of the awe-inspiring Nachi falls.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Kumano Nachi Taisha, 1 Nachisan, Nachikatsura-cho, Higashimuro-gun 649-5301 Wakayama Prefecture

Kumano Nachi Taisha is a Shinto shrine located halfway up Nachi Mountain, about 350 meters above sea level. It has its religious origin in the ancient nature worship of Nachi-no-Otaki. This grand shrine is part of the Kumano Sanzan and major pilgrimage destination.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Seiganto-ji Temple, 8 Nachisan, Nachikatsura-cho, Higashimuro-gun 649-5301 Wakayama Prefecture

Seiganto-ji (青岸渡寺), Temple of Crossing the Blue Shore, is a Tendai Buddhist temple in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. In 2004, it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with other locations, under the name “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range”. According to a legend, it was founded by the priest Ragyō Shōnin, a monk from India. The temple was purposely built near Nachi Falls, where it may have previously been a site of nature worship. Seiganto-ji is part of the Kumano Sanzan shrine complex, and as such can be considered one of the few jingū-ji (shrine temples, see article Shinbutsu shūgō) still in existence after the forcible separation of Shinto and Buddhism operated by the Japanese government during the Meiji restoration.[1][2]

Duration: 30 minutes