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[Wakayama] Nachi Falls (那智の滝): Japan’s Largest Vertical Drop Waterfall, Standing at 133 Meters Tall

Japan’s Spiritual and Natural Wonder Known for Its Divine Energy

Welcome to the mystical land of Japan, where nature and spirituality collide to create breathtaking wonders. One such wonder is the Nachi Waterfall, a towering 133-meter waterfall with a deep 10-meter basin that has been a central location for the Kumano pilgrimage since ancient times.

For over 1300 years, practitioners of waterfall meditation have been visiting this site to connect with the divine energy of the waterfall. Visitors can appreciate the cool mist of the waterfall and drink fresh water from its basin while basking in the peacefulness of the sacred surroundings.

But the Nachi Waterfall is more than just a beautiful natural wonder, it is also the dwelling of a Shinto deity. Enshrined at Hiro Shrine, the auxiliary shrine of Kumano Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine, this waterfall is considered one of the most sacred sites in the Kii Mountain Range—a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The waterfall embodies the Kumano pilgrimage’s deep connection to nature and the abundant flow of water in the Kumano Forest. It is recommended to visit on sunny days to witness the beautiful contrast of the sun reflecting off the water or on rainy days and early mornings for a serene experience.

Don’t miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in the spirituality and natural beauty of Japan by visiting the Nachi Waterfall—a true wonder of the world.

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