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enjoy the nature with waterfall

The waterfall is 133 metres height which is one of the top waterfall in Japan, by having giant... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2017
SAMUEL2THEWORLD
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London, United Kingdom
Right by the Nachi Otaki waterfall

A small shrine seen along the way to Nachi waterfall viewing platform where religious activities... read more

Reviewed 17 June 2017
DYA717
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Honolulu
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Reviewed 1 July 2016

Directly on center opposite the base of the Nachi Otaki sits the open air shrine.

The shrine is part of nearby Nachi Taisha. We approached the waterfall and Hirou Shrine from above after walking up Daimonzaka, visiting Kumano Nachi Taisha, Seigantoji Temple and its pagoda. Once you descend from the temple and shrine compound above, the entrance to the waterfall and shrine is marked by a massive torii in unpainted wood which blends very nicely with the giant evergreens surrounding it.

The uneven stone stairs down to the waterfall are steep and can be slippery - do take care. As you descend the stairs the shrine at the base of the falls slowly comes into view. It was the falls that resulted in this becoming a pilgrimage site, even before the temple and the shrine. At the center of the viewing area for the falls is Hirou Shrine which perfectly frames the falls. Standing there you can see how this became a site to be revered for its majesty. The incense at the shrine can become overpowering as the mist from the waterfall spreads the smoke in all directions.

The problem with the entire area is the commercial aspect of it. Many shrines throughout the country sell religious paraphernalia: charms, amulets, prayers, fortunes, and the like. But somehow it seemed more money-oriented here. You have to try to ignore the stalls selling these items and the monks asking if you want to pay more to climb up to the viewing platform (not necessary, in our opinion). If you can disregard all this, then the place might have a holy feeling, except for the crowds, some of which are just folks out for a day of fun taking selfies in front of the massive falls.

Date of experience: December 2015
1  Thank hfot2
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Reviewed 22 May 2016

You can enjoy bottom view from this shrine. But it was really very noisy due to shopping shop besides. To have proper and silent view of Nachi fall use paid section. Thats really stunning view. and you can enjoy much better.

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank Virendra-Yadav_2014
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Reviewed 29 March 2016 via mobile

It's sat right next to the waterfall and is pretty nice to see. Im happy to have seen it. It's nothing crazy special but just adds to the Japan feeling seeing little shrines everywhere.

Date of experience: March 2016
Thank Jo S
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Reviewed 4 January 2016

The view from the bottom of the falls, which is down a long flight of stairs from the road, is free and quite close enough. If you absolutely must be sprayed by the water crashing onto the rocks then pay to climb back up to the shrine’s viewing platform. All is in shade and a little less humid than elsewhere thanks to the spray.

Date of experience: October 2015
1  Thank BadgerCT
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Reviewed 27 September 2015 via mobile

Absolutely stunning and peaceful location set in the mountains
The falls themselves are stunning and are the entire surrounding as you drive up to the falls
Sadly the commercial side of things slightly spoils the experience. The entire surrounding is basically geared up to make money from the falls and shrine. Parking is 500yen everywhere and a bit chaotic
We didn't enter the shrine itself though looked amazing from what we could see
Great way to get away from the noise and bustle to just relax and take in the tranquility

Date of experience: September 2015
Thank mitchw1
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