Friday, December 12, 2008

day 345 - Nachi Falls

On the last day of our 'pilgrimage holiday' we were lucky enough to see both boys and girls in traditional Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage costume.

With a 133m drop, Nachi-no-taki is Japan's highest waterfall. 

Near the Falls are both a Shinto shrine (Nachi Taisha, built in homage to Nachi's kami or spirit deity) and a Buddhist temple.

We hooked up with a friendly group of young women from Osaka and  hiked up the 800m of stone steps through sugi to the falls. Later we shared lunch with them and sampled to local specialty Soba-no-Kumano.

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