The Kumano Nachi Taisha is a Shinto shrine and part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed holy sites and pilgrimage routes in the Kii Mountains of Japan. The Kumano Kodo Route connects it with other sites of the same classification, mainly in Wakayama Prefecture This is the perfect area for hiking enthusiasts.
The shrine is part of a large complex of neighboring religious sites that illustrate the amalgamation of Buddhist and Shinto influences that is characteristic of the Kumano region. The site also has the highest waterfall in Japan. The 133 meter high Nachi no Taki still impresses many travelers with its strength and natural beauty.
For over 1,000 years, Japanese people from all walks of life, including retired emperors and aristocrats, have made the arduous pilgrimage of Wakayama. The Kumano Kodo is a network of ancient pilgrimage routes that traverse the Kii Peninsula in southern Wakayama Prefecture. These sacred paths have become Created to serve as pilgrimage routes to enter the sacred Kumano Sanzan area, which includes the three great shrines of Kumano Hongū Taisha, Kumano Nachi Taisha and Kumano Hayatama Taisha. In July 2004, the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes were established as part of the "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range" added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There are 4 main routes in total: The Nakahechi Route is the most popular route. From the 10th century onwards, the Nakahechi route was used extensively by the imperial family on pilgrimages from Kyoto. The Kohechi route connects the Buddhist temple complex of Koyasan and Kumano-Sanzan. Hikers should be well prepared if they want to take this route. The Ohechi Route offers picturesque views over the Pacific, while the Iseji Route features a variety of mountain passes, bamboo forests, terraced rice fields and beaches.
Where better be in the summer than at the beach? If you prefer it active, then try sea kayaking or Standup Paddle (SUP) off the coast of Kushimoto City. Your instructors at Beach House Lapin at Hashigui Beach, named after the famous Hashigui Rocks nearby, will teach you how!