Discover the secret of hidden Nachisan, and journey to the power spot appreciated by locals for centuries.
Every person has a different experience when they climb to Kumano Nachi Taisha and Seiganto-ji Temple, and down to Hirou Shrine and the famed, sacred, towering falls of Nachi-no-Otaki.
But very few have had the opportunity to go beyond, to bask in the natural wonder of the upper falls in the inner sanctuary of Kumano Nachi Taisha’s “shintai” (object of worship).
Until now! Join the “Seasonal Tour of Hidden Nachi” where you can taste a historic part of the 48-waterfall circuit, tread for over a millenia by only mountain ascetic priests on sacred pilgrimage.
Visit three of the more sacred: Nyoin Nin Kannon waterfall (the second falls) and Bato Kannon waterfall (the third falls), and at the base, Nachi-no-Otaki.
This tour includes an exclusive purification ceremony at the main shrine of Kumano Nachi Taisha just before travelers head up the meandering steep slope, around the babbling tributaries, through the pristine natural forest of Nachi.
On the descent, write your wish upon a wooden votive to be offered in a Gomataki fire ritual at Seiganto-ji Temple, to seek protection from the ills of the world and change your fortune!
This seasonal tour runs for 5 hours and 50 minutes, but is only offered from February to May.
Nurture your inner spirit by joining this unique hike into the mysteries of Nachi Falls!