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Nachikatsuura (那智勝浦町 Nachi-katsura-chō) is a town in Wakayama Prefecture.


The town of Nachikatsuura has lost many of its citizens after Wakayama landslides. There are abandoned buildings in the area and for example some of the town's convenience stores and other businesses have died out. However, there are still many small enterprises left in the town for a tourist to enjoy. Most of the citizens are not used to seeing foreigners, but they are very friendly especially if you can speak some Japanese.

Nachi Fall

Get in[edit]

From Nagoya, take JR Kansai and Kise Line for 3 hours and 20 minutes from Nagoya Station to Kii-Katsuura Station. From Osaka, take JR Hanwa and Kise Line for 3 hours and 40 minutes from Shin-Osaka Station to Kii-Katsuura Station.

Get around[edit]

  • Nachisan Bus. Main stops: Katsuura-eki Station - Nachi-eki Station - Daimonzaka Chushajo-mae - Taki mae - Nachisan. You can use Kansai Wakayama Pass (W-PASS).

See[edit][add listing]

  • Nachi Falls (那智の滝, Nachi no Taki), Nachisan, Nachi-Katsuura Town, Higashimuro District (25 minutes by bus from Kiikatsuura station and 15 minutes from Nachi station. Get off at Takimae (滝前) at the foot of the falls or one stop later at Jinja-o-teramae (神社お寺前) halfway to the mountain.). Being 133 meters tall the the water fall is one of the tallest in the country - First, second or third depending on the definition of a water fall. The Nachi mountain has also Kumano Nachi Taisha, Seiganto-ji Temple with a vermilion three-storied pagoda and Hiryu-jinja Shrine to visit within walking distance. Lower viewing deck from near of the foot of the water fall is 300 yen and upper viewing deck from inside of the pagoda is 200 yen, but you can get a nice view of the falls even without these options.  edit
  • Fudarakusan-ji (補陀洛山寺), (5 Minute walk from Nachi station.). This small temple is famous for the practice of "Fudaraku Tokai"; From the mid 9th century to the early 18th century there were monks who set out to the sea in a closed rudderless boat hoping to arrive to the southern paradise, sacrificing themselves in the process. The temple has a reproduction of a tokai boat. Fudarakusan-ji is a part of UNESCO World Heritage Site under the name Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range.  edit
  • Kumano Nachi Taisha.  edit
  • Nachisan Seigantoji Temple.  edit
  • Myouhou-san Amida-ji Temple.  edit
  • Katsuura Hachiman Shrine.  edit
  • Hiryu-jinja Shrine.  edit


  • January The Annual Tuna Festival.
  • February Snow Festival (Yukimatsuri).
  • May Fudarakusan-ji Temple's Spring Festival.
  • April Cherry Blossom Festival in Kumano Nachi Grand Shrine.
  • June Hydrangea Festival in Kumano Nachi Grand Shrine. The Greenery Festival in Myouhou-san Amida-ji Temple.
  • July Nachi Fire Festival in Kumano Nachi Grand Shrine. The Nanki Katsuura Summer Festival.
  • August Nachi Fire Work Display at Nachi Bay.
  • September The Annual Festival of Katsuura Hachiman Shrine.
  • November Autumn Color Festival in Kumano Nachi Grand Shrine.
  • December Nachi Waterfall Illumination Night Festival.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Hiking & Backpacking. Nachi-san Mountain Hiking (Half-day Hiking Course), Mandara Hiking (One-day Hiking Course), Kumotori-goe Trekking (Two-day Trekking Course), Eboshi-yama Trekking (One-day Trekking Course), Myouhou-san Kakenuke-michi Trekking (One-day Trekking Course), Kumano Shishi-gaki Stone Wall Trekking (Half-day Trekking Course)  edit
  • Nachi Beach.  edit
  • Onsen. The Katsuura region is famous for its hot springs.  edit
  • Whale Watching.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

There are some souvenir shops in front of Kiikatsuura station and near attractions like Nachi Falls. The area is known for mandarin oranges, ume, jabara (similiar to yuzu lemon) and kuroame- traditional black sugar candies. One can enjoy these specialties for example in form of mochi, cake, jam and even ice cream. Whale and dolphin shaped souvenirs are also popular.

Eat[edit][add listing]

The Katsuura port boasts the largest catch of fresh tuna in Japan. There are many tuna specialized restaurants in the area and in the early morning one can visit the town's tuna market.

  • Taishoukaku (大将閣), Wakayama Prefecture, Higashimuro District, Nachikatsuura, Katsuura 398−1 (5 minute walk from Kiikatsuura station). 11:00-14:00 / 17 ~. A very nice Chinese restaurant. The menu has variety of dishes from ramen to teishoku-set meals in reasonable price. The owner was also willing make new dishes on the spot when asked about vegetarian friendly options. Take out possible.  edit

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The town has many places for sleeping from big hotels to private homes providing lodging for travelers (minshuku).

  • Minshuku Iwanami (温泉民宿岩波), 〒649-5333 Wakayama Prefecture, Higashimuro District, Nachikatsuura, Kitahama 3-47 (10 minute walk from Kiikatsuura station. 25 minute walk from Nachi station.), 0735-52-1358. checkin: 16:00; checkout: 9:30. All the rooms are Japanese style, and so are the toilets. The hostel has it's own small onsen, that's open in the evenings 17-22. Breakfast (toast, fruit and coffee) is available. The staff is very friendly and eager to help you to get around the area. Knowing some Japanese helps a lot, since the staff doesn't speak much English. The hostel is also planning to close soon, when the owner retires. 2500-3500 yen.  edit
  • Hotel Charmant (ビジネスホテルシャルモント), 〒649-5335 Wakayama prefecture, Higashimuro district, Nachikatsuura, Tsukiji 4-3-16 (2 minute walk from Kiikatsuura station), 0735-52-0203. Nice western type hotel. Popular among women. Prices include breakfast. 5250-10500 yen.  edit


Nachi-Katsuura Town Tourism Association(Japanese Only)Tel 0735-52-5311. Fax 0735-52-0131.

Get out[edit]

  • The infamous town of Taiji is only 10 minutes away by local train from Kiikatsuura station. Taiji is featured for example in the documentary "The Cove" (2009) for its massive dolphin hunting.
  • The town of Kushimoto is only 40 minutes away by local train from Kiikatsuura station. Kushimoto is the southernmost point of Japan's main island Honshu.

Routes through Nachikatsuura
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