Nachi Falls
Blue Beach Nachi
Kumano Kodo Daimon-zaka
Kujirahama Beach
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Nachisan Seigantoji Temple
Dorokyo Gorge
Hashi Gui Rocks
Wakayama Castle
Kumano Hongu Taisha
Kumano Hayatama Taisha

One of the major sightseeing destinations in Kinki region Welcome to the Katsuura-Taiji.

Taiji, Katsuura, with its beautiful beach and ocean surrounded by greenery where people can enjoy various activities and good access to the Kumano Kodo World Heritage Site and Ise Jingu Shrine, is an ideal lodging place for international guests who want to enjoy authentic Japan. We recommend staying here as a base for 2 or 3 nights to visit various places.

Recommended hot spring ryokans & hotels
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Access

Access without transfer is possible by taking the Kuroshio Limited Express Kuroshio from Kyoto / Shin-Osaka or the Wide View Nanki from Nagoya. About 15 minutes on foot from JR Kii-Katsuura Station, the nearest station from Katsuura Gyoen. (Courtesy lifts from the station are not available)

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Sightseeing spot1 Katsuura is convenient for sightseeing around the
Kumano Kodo World Heritage Site
Kumano Kodo

Distance from Katsuura & Taiji:about 7km World Heritage ①Kumano Kodo Daimon-zaka

Kumano Kodo Daimon-zaka

◇By Car…Journey time:10mins  ◇Public transportation…Journey time:20mins
JR Kii Katsuura Sta. - Kumano Kotsu route bus (15mins) - Bus stop / Daimon-zaka Chushajo - 5mins on foot - Kumano Kodo Daimon-zaka

Kumano Kodo is the general name for pilgrimage routes to Kumano, which had been used since the Heian period. Daimon-zaka is a well known path which remains almost as it was in the olden times, though many of the routes today are disconnected.
This place is a part of the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range registered as a World Heritage Site in 2004.

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Distance from Katsuura & Taiji:about 9km World Heritage ②Nachi Falls

Nachi Falls

◇By Car…Journey time:15mins
◇Public transportation…Journey time:25mins
JR Kii Katsuura Sta. - Kumano Kotsu route bus (20mins) - Bus stop / Taki-mae - 10mins on foot - Nachi Falls

Nachi Falls boasts the highest drop in Japan from 133 meters high. This is the dwelling place of sacred spirits of Hiro Shrine, another shrine of the Kumano Nachi Taisha, and the water of the falls is known to have the power to extend longevity.

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Distance from Katsuura & Taiji:about 10km World Heritage ③Kumano Nachi Taisha

Kumano Nachi Taisha

◇By Car…Journey time:25mins
◇Public transportation…Journey time:35mins
JR Kii Katsuura Sta. - Kumano Kotsu route bus (20mins) - Bus stop / Car park in front of the shrine and temple - 15mins on foot (Stone staircase with about 470 steps) - Kumano Nachi Taisha

Just beside Seigantoji Temple. This is one of the Kumano Sanzan grand shrines along with Kumano Hayatama Taisha and Kumano Hongu Taisha.

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Distance from Katsuura & Taiji:about 10km World Heritage ④Nachisan Seigantoji Temple

Nachisan Seigantoji Temple

◇By Car…Journey time:25mins
◇Public transportation…Journey time:35mins
JR Kii Katsuura Sta. - Kumano Kotsu route bus (20mins) - Bus stop / Car park in front of the shrine and temple - 15mins on foot (Stone staircase with about 470 steps) - Nachisan Seigantoji Temple

Just beside Nachi Taisha. The first major stop on the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage of 33 temples.

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Distance from Katsuura & Taiji:about 47km World Heritage ⑤Kumano Hongu Taisha

Kumano Hongu Taisha

◇By Car…Journey time:1hrs 5mins
◇Public transportation…Journey time:1hrs 50mins
JR Kii Katsuura Sta. - JR Kii Line (Local train / 23mins) - JR Shingu sta. - Nara Kotsu bus (1hrs 23mins) - Nara Kotsu / Hongu Taisha-mae - 5mins on foot - Kumano Hongu Taisha

The head shrine of over 3,000 Kumano Shrines located throughout Japan. Also known as Kumano Sanjo Gongen, it is comprised of Kamiyonsha, Nakayonsha and Shimoyonsha. This is one of the Kumano Sanzan grand shrines along with Kumano Nachi Taisha and Kumano Hayatama Taisha.

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Distance from Katsuura & Taiji:about 16km World Heritage ⑥Kumano Hayatama Taisha

Kumano Hayatama Taisha

◇By Car…Journey time:25mins
◇Public transportation…Journey time:52mins
JR Kii Katsuura Sta. - JR Kii Line (Bound for Shingu / 35mins) - JR Shingu sta. - 18mins on foot - Kumano Hayatama Taisha

People may find this shrine easier to access than the other two, Nachi and ogu, since it is located on flat ground.
This is one of the Kumano Sanzan grand shrines along with Kumano Nachi aisha and Kumano Hongu Taisha.

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Recommended accommodation for visiting Kumano Kodo
  • Close to Kumano!Wakayama Nanki Katsuura Onsen Katsuura Gyoen Official HP
  • Close to Kumano!Wakayama Taiji Onsen Hama Irodorino-yado KAYU OfficialHP
  • Close to Kumano!Wakayama Nanki Katsuura Onsen PAL'S INN KATSUURA Official HP
  • Mie Iseshima Ryoso Umi-no-Chou Official HP

Sightseeing spot2 Activities you can experience only here! Enjoy

Distance from Katsuura & Taiji:about 9km ⑦Kujirahama Beach

Kujirahama Beach

◇By Car…Journey time:15mins
◇Public transportation…Journey time:43mins
JR Kii Katsuura Sta. - JR Kii Line (Local train / 7mins) - JR Taiji sta. - 35mins on foot - Kujirahama Beach

You can get to look at small whales up close while enjoying swimming in the sea. (Grampuses are planned to be raised in FY2015.)

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Distance from Katsuura & Taiji:about 2km ⑧Blue Beach Nachi

Blue Beach Nachi

◇By Car…Journey time:5mins  ◇On foot…Journey time:25mins

Just in front of Katsuura Gyoen. The largest beach in the prefecture which has been selected as one of the Best 100 Beaches by the Ministry of the Environment.

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Distance from Katsuura & Taiji:about 86km ⑨Adventure World

Adventure World

◇By Car…Journey time:1hrs45mins
◇Public transportation…Journey time:1hrs25mins
JR Kii Katsuura Sta. - JR Limited express Kuroshio (Bound for Kyoto,Shin-Osaka / about 1hrs25mins) - JR Shirahama sta. - 42mins on foot - Adventure World

Adventure World is a theme park complex consisting of a zoo, an aquarium and an amusement park, located in Shirahama-cho, Nishimuro-gun, Wakayama.

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Sightseeing spot3 There are more attractive sightseeing spots! Other sightseeing spots

Distance from Katsuura & Taiji:about 155km ⑩Wakayama Marina City (Kuroshio Market)

Wakayama Marina City (Kuroshio Market)

◇By Car…Journey time:2hrs45mins
◇Public transportation…Journey time:about 3hrs (Excluding transfer time)
JR Kii Katsuura Sta. - JR Limited Express Kuroshio(Bound for Kyoto・Shin-Osaka/about 2hrs50mins) - JR Kainan sta. - 1mins on foot - kainaneki mae/Wakayama bus group - Wakayama Bus / Route 121 / Bound for JR Wakayama Station(11mins)- Wakayamakan-mae/Wakayama bus group - 3mins on foot - Wakayama Marina City Hotel

A seafood market featuring fresh produce from local ports and various places around Japan. You can enjoy the market's special raw tuna, and other fresh marine products.

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Distance from Katsuura & Taiji:about 162km ⑪Wakayama Castle

Wakayama Castle

◇By Car…Journey time:3hrs
◇Public transportation…Journey time:about 3hrs13mins (Excluding transfer time)
JR Kii Katsuura Sta. - JR Limited Express Kuroshio (Bound for Kyoto・Shin-Osaka/about 3hrs) - JR Wakayama sta. - 1mins on foot - Wakayamaeki mae/Wakayama bus group - Wakayama bus・Route 25/Bound for JR Wakayama Station(5mins)- kouen mae/Wakayama bus group - 8mins on foot - Wakayama Castle

The symbol of Wakayama City. Wakayama Castle has a history of serving as the residence of one of the three branches of the Tokugawa clan. Its castle tower offers a panorama of Wakayama City.

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Distance from Katsuura & Taiji:about 157km ⑫Kimiidera

Kimiidera

◇By Car…Journey time:2hrs50mins
◇Public transportation…Journey time:about 3hrs (Excluding transfer time)
JR Kii Katsuura Sta. - JR Limited express Kuroshio (Bound for Kyoto,Shin-Osaka / about hrs40mins) - JR Kainan sta. - JR Kii Line (Bound for Wakayama / 7mins) - JR Kimiidera sta. - 8mins on foot - Kimiidera

A Buddhist temple famous for its early-blooming cherry blossoms located in Kimiidera, Wakayama-shi, Wakayama.

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Distance from Katsuura & Taiji:about 165km ⑬Kishi sta. (Cat stationmaster Tama)

Kishi sta. (Cat stationmaster Tama)

◇Public transportation…Journey time:about 3hrs30mins (Excluding transfer time)
JR Kii Katsuura Sta. - JR Limited Express Kuroshio (Bound for Kyoto・Shin-Osaka/about 3hrs) - JR Wakayama sta. - Wakayama Electric Railway Kishigawa Line(Bound for Kishi / about 30mins) - Kishi sta.

One of the stations on the Wakayama Electric Railway Kishigawa Line. The station number is 14. Tama, a cat raised in the shop at this station, became a sensation when she was officially appointed as the stationmaster. Sadly, she passed away in 2015. She was enshrined in "Tama Shrine" which was built inside Kishigawa Station. Tama has been succeeded by Nitama who is known as "Tama the 2nd Stationmaster".

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Distance from Katsuura & Taiji:about 133km World Heritage ⑭Koyasan

Koyasan

◇By Car…Journey time:3hrs20mins
◇Public transportation…Journey time:about 4hrs35mins (Excluding transfer time)
JR Kii Katsuura Sta. - JR Limited Express Kuroshio (Bound for Kyoto・Shin-Osaka/about 3hrs) - JR Wakayama sta. - JR Wakayama Line Rapid Service(Bound for Nara / 55mins) - JR Hashimoto sta. - Nankai Koya Line(Bound for Gokurakubashi/45mins) - Gokurakubashi - Nankai Koyasan Cable Car(Bound for Koyasan / 5mins) - Koyasan

The sacred Mt. Koya soaring up in to the sky welcomes visitors from beyond the deep green mountains.
In 2004, this place was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Distance from Katsuura & Taiji:about 29km ⑮Hashi Gui Rocks

Hashi Gui Rocks

◇By Car…Journey time:40mins
◇Public transportation…Journey time:1hrs
JR Kii Katsuura Sta. - JR Limited express Kuroshio (Bound for Kyoto,Shin-Osaka / 35mins) - JR Kushimoto sta. - 25mins on foot - Hashi Gui Rocks

A mysterious group of rocks seen along Route 42. A straight line of as many as 40 large and small rocks which stretches for around 850 meters from south to west. They are called the Hashigui-iwa Rocks because they look like the pillars of a bridge.

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Distance from Katsuura & Taiji:about 8km ⑯Taiji Whale Museum

Taiji Whale Museum

◇By Car…Journey time:15mins
◇Public transportation…Journey time:38mins
JR Kii Katsuura Sta. - JR Kii Line (Local train / 7mins) - JR Taiji sta - 30mins on foot - Taiji Whale Museum

A museum established by the coastal whaling town of Taiji. The museum offers black whale and dolphin shows and exhibits archives on whaling.

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Distance from Katsuura & Taiji:about 48km ⑰Dorokyo Gorge

Dorokyo Gorge

◇By Car…Journey time:50mins
◇Public transportation…Journey time:1hrs10mins
A bus and jet boat combination ticket is sold at JR Kii Katsuura Sta.

A jet boat tour that sails around Dorokyo Gorge which offers the most magnificent views within Yoshino-Kumano National Park. The boat sails along the large gorge, also known as Dorohaccho, which stretches up to 31 kilometers through beautiful natural landscapes, at about 40 kilometers per hour.

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Distance from Katsuura & Taiji:about 141km ⑱Ise Jingu Shrine

Ise Jingu Shrine

◇By Car…Journey time:2hrs31mins
◇By Train…Journey time:2hrs43mins (Excluding transfer time)
JR Kii Katsuura Sta. - JR limited express wide view Nanki (Bound for Nagoya / 2hrs30mins) - JR matsusaka sta. - Kintetsu Yamada Line Limited Express / Bound for Toba (15mins) - Isuzu River Sta. - 40mins on foot - Ise Jingu Shrine

Ise Jingu Shrine, affectionately called "Oise-san". This shrine, comprised of 125 shrines including Naiku and Geku with their 2,000 years of history, is the spiritual home of the Japanese people.

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Handy maps of Kumano, Katsuura and Taiji

Kansai Area Map Kansai Area Map
Katsuura / Taiji area map

Three accommodations in the Katsuura / Taiji area
and one accommodation in the Ise area.