See the Incredible Nachi Falls


A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Nachi waterfall is the tallest in the country that has a single, uninterrupted drop. Two rocks at the top of the scenic waterfall are the guardian kami of the nearby Shinto shrine and every morning, a Shinto priest makes an offering to the falls. Many important historical artifacts have also been found around the waterfall – such as a Sutra mound holding statues, mirrors, altar fittings, and Sutra cylinders – with some dating back as far as the 10th century.

Sadly, the 133-meter drop has another reputation, as many “shugenja” (those who practice the pre-Buddhist Japanese religion of Shugendo) and star-crossed lovers have jumped from the top of the waterfall, believing that they will be reborn in paradise.

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