Kumano Nachi Taisha&Kumano Kodo Mini Walking(No Lunch)
Sightseeing, Nature excursion, Lunch not included
On this tour, we will visit the highlights of the Kumano area.
Kumano Kodo refers to a network of pilgrimage trails through the southern Kansai region. The Kodo ("old ways") are a key part of the region's UNESCO designation, and have been in use for over a thousand years. The pilgrimage routes developed as a way for people to move between the sacred areas on the Kii Peninsula. At the centre of this religious area are the three Kumano shrines: Hongu Taisha, Hayatama Taisha and Nachi Taisha, collectively known as Kumano Sanzan. On this tour, you will enjoy a brisk walk to Kumano Nach Taisha Grand Shrine
Kumano Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine is one of the three shrines in Kumano, situated a few kilometres inland from the coastal hot spring resort of Katsuura. The shrine is part of a large complex of neighbouring religious sites that exemplify the fusion of Buddhist and Shinto influences that is particular to the Kumano region.
Nachi Falls (Nachi no Taki) is the tallest waterfall in Japan. It is located a short distance from Nachi Taisha and it is 133 metres high. Before the development of organised religious doctrine, Nachi no Taki was venerated by the earliest Japanese people. Even today, visitors will be impressed by the natural power and beauty of the falls.
What we will see
- Lake Towada
- Lake cruise
- Oirase stream
- Panoramic stops and stroll along the banks of the stream
What we will do
- We leave the port behind us and head inland to Honshu, the main island on the Japanese archipelago, towards lake Towada, an authentic natural gem.
- The lake is located 400 metres above sea level and inside a large volcanic caldera whose edges rise along its banks for hundred of metres covered in thick lush forest that is reflected in the deep blue of its waters.
- The best way to explore the lake is to cross it: we board a boat to enjoy a pleasant cruise on the peaceful waters of Towada and to admire the amazing views which vary according to the season.
- Lake Towada generates a single waterway, the **picturesque Oirase stream which flows through in the gorge of the same name surrounded by forests that look as if they have been copied from a painting.
- During our tour, we make a few short stops to admire the loveliest views such as waterfalls filling the air with their gurgling and bubbling rapids that match the green of the forest so well.
- To better appreciate this spectacle of nature, we also take a delightfully pleasant and easy stroll along its banks.
- To top it all, our excursion also includes a typical Japanese fixed-menu lunch, the perfect end to an unforgettable day.
What you need to know
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