Seiganto-ji Pagoda and Nachi no Taki Falls in Nachikatsuura, Japan 29 Apr 2017
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Nachi no Taki Falls cascades down a rock face near the three-story Seiganto-ji pagoda in Nachikatsuura, Japan. The temple of blue waves (as Seiganto-ji is also known) is a Buddhist temple that stands beside a Shinto shrine complex.
Before either religious house was built people would come here to worship nature; every morning the Shinto priest still makes an offering to Nachi no Taki Falls. Two rocks stand at the top of the waterfall, the highest straight drop of water in Japan, guarding them and the Shinto shrine below. The Shinto shrine predates the temple but the two religions have long lived in harmony in this region. Add a trip to see the Kumano Sanzan shrine complex to any of Insight Guides’ trips to Japan.