The town of Nachi-Katsuura has the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean on its south side and the evergreen hills and peaks of the Kii peninsula on its north. A permanent home for just a few thousand people, it is a pilgrimage destination for many more.

Nachi Map

“Japan's tallest waterfall and a Kumano Kodo trail power-spot that has inspired and invigorated weary travellers for over 1,000 years”

Tom Orsman, former IJT Tour Leader

Most come to visit the Nachi Taisha Shrine, part of the UNESCO-designated World Heritage Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range.  It's long been recognised as a power-spot, a place holding mystical powers. Since the shrine's founding over 1,000 years ago, retired Emperors, nobles and commoners from all across Japan have come here to ask for blessings.

The towering Nachi waterfall, at 133metres the tallest in Japan, is a stunning, not-to-be-missed site.

Down by the seashore, you could do some whale-watching, go swimming with dolphins or without them, try sea-kayaking or even visit the morning tuna auction

Nachi is on the World Heritage Kumano Kodo trail and a great stopping point on long (or short) hikes.

Recommended Accommodation in Nachi

The following are our favourites from among the western-style hotels and Japanese-style inns of Nachi.