Hashigui-iwa Rock

A place of scenic beauty composed of the clear sea off Kushimoto and strangely shaped rocks The sea off Kushimoto is pulled by the Kuroshio Current and colored a blue so vivid it will jolt you awake. The sight of these 40 large and small regularly placed rock pillars soaring is one of the leading places of scenic beauty in Wakayama. They were formed when only the hardest parts of the rocks were left in place by the erosion of the ocean.

Kujinokawa, Kushimoto Town, Higashimuro-gun
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See water

The Pacific Ocean, which surrounds the Kii Peninsula, and rivers and ravines filled with cool, clear water that has passed through deep mountains. Here you can see water scenery that combines pure water that cleanses the spirit of anyone who sees it and exquisite landscapes created by other natural features.

Doro-kyo Gorge

A gorge created by repeated erosion since ancient times This large gorge was created through the erosion of a plunge basin, which in turn was created when an enormous waterfall hollowed out rock little by little. The upper reaches are called Okudoro and the lower reaches Shimodoro (popularly known as Dorohaccho Gorge). If you board a waterjet boat, you can see up close the grandeur of continuous scenery of enormous rocks, oddly shaped rocks and cliffs of the Shimodoro.

Kumanogawacho, Shingu City
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Takinohai Waterfall

A crystal river that runs across mysterious bedrock This is a small waterfall on the Ko-gawa River, tributary of the Koza-gawa River. The bedrock full of countless holes and the intensity of water flowing powerfully between the rocks are sights to see. In particular, the water so clear you can clearly see fish swimming on the riverbed is the most beautiful in the prefecture. Just looking at it makes a person feel refreshed.

Kogawa, Kozagawa Town, Higashimuro-gun
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Koza-gawa River

This clear stream in Kumano known only to the lucky few has many faces. This clear stream continues for some 60 kilometers from Mount Otozan in the center of the Kumano Region to the sea of Kumano. At times your spirit will be soothed by the sight of this river, which is like the archetypal scene of Japan, and at times you will be shaken by sight of the towering monoliths. If you go around the waterfront, you will encounter various aspects of the scenery.

Kozagawa Town, Higashimuro-gun
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Shirasaki Coast

A water world with a long, chalky cape that looks like an iceberg The scene of a white cape continuing against a deep blue sea looks just as if it were in a foreign country. This coast formed by a group of limestone rocks 250 million years ago is unusual in Japan. This is a must-see whether during the day, when the contrast between blue and white is beautiful, or at sunset when the rocks are colored orange and pink.

Obiki, Yura Town, Hidaka-gun
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Nachi Waterfall

A famous waterfall on a sacred site in Kumano where nature worship continues today. This waterfall is the object of worship of Hiro-jinja Shrine, a shrine associated with Kumano Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine, and it is the highest waterfall in Japan at 133 meters. If you go to the waterfall worshiping spot in the compound, you will see up close the magnificent force of the waterfall, where one ton of water falls every second. Your spirit will be cleansed the moment you are bathed in mist from the waterfall while paying homage.

Nachisan, Nachikatsuura Town, Higashimuro-gun
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Engetsuto Island

A symbol of Shirahama resting in the emerald ocean This small island rests in a seaside inlet near Shirarahama, which is known for its clear waters and white-sand beach. Though its formal name is Takashima, it has a marine-eroded cave at its center reminiscent of a full moon, so it has long been referred to affectionately as Engetsuto (round moon) Island. It is also famous for its good night view.

Shirahama Town, Nishimuro-gun (seaside)
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WATERFALLS

These famous waterfalls, some violent and some gentle, create a variety of beautiful scenes. Wakayama Prefecture, where many beautiful rivers flow, is a waterfall mecca. Spending some carefree time soaking up the negative ions next to a refreshing waterfall is the most soothing experience of all.

A mystical cataract that falls from a perpendicular cliffUeuo Falls

This 18 meter waterfall that flows down a soaring rock face like thread through cloth and its emerald green plunge basin are charming. Located at the source of the Koza-gawa River, it is a 30 minute walk from the Mount Otosan trailhead. Along the way, there are rough spots where you have to pass through the river, so pay attention to the water level and weather.
Matsune, Kozagawa Town, Higashimuro-gun

A mystical, limpid waterfall in the middle of virgin forestAmagoi Falls

Various waterfalls large and small stand in a row in the Hyakkenzan- keikoku Valley, which is covered in dense virgin forest. This waterfall got the name Amagoi, which means "praying for rain" in Japanese, because during a drought, ancient Shinto music and dancing were used to pray for rain there. The sight of the water weaving through rocks covered with thick moss and then falling straight down is refreshing.
Iya, Tanabe City

An energy vortex worshiped from ancient timesFudo Falls

Fudo Falls is located in Uitani, Kiminocho. Because the water flows due north before falling, locals have believed since ancient times that it is a guardian deity of the region. Its large volume of water falling 30 meters is a magnificent sight. There are many sights to see in the area, including the strangely shaped rock Tengu-iwa across the road from the falls.
Uitani, Kimino Town, Kaiso-gun

The appearance of this famous waterfall changes depending on the angle and viewing distance.Tsugi Falls

Tsugi Falls, which drops 46 meters straight down, reportedly was named for the fact that it is second in height to Nachi Waterfall. ("Tsugi" means "next in rank" in Japanese.) You can tell from the front that it is not a short walk, but you can descend to the plunge basin using a roundabout path. The sheet of spray visible from the cave behind the waterfall is close and impressive.
Nobusaka, Aridagawa Town, Arida-gun

A sacred place, well-known to the few, for meditating under a waterfallShirama Falls

Shirama Falls is a 21 meter waterfall in Ataigawa at Mount Shiramayama's foot, in a spot that overlooks the Hidaka-gawa River to the south. Actually, people come here to meditate under a waterfall, and you may see some standing under the falls. The ambience is more one of adjusting mind-set than water sports. There are steps nearby for going to the bottom of the falls.
Ataigawa, Hidakagawa Town, Hidaka-gun

A famous waterfall chosen as one of the 100 best in JapanKuwanoki Falls

This waterfall in the Kuwanoki-keikoku Valley, a tributary of the Takada-gawa River, has a fall of 21 meters and a width of 8 meters. Water that descends in fine, delicate streams like a bamboo screen and large amounts of water that drop with great energy — these two types of water flows fall straight and intersect to create a complex scene.
Oga, Shingu City

A bi-level waterfall with beautiful contrastShizuku Falls

Shizuku Falls is a 30 meter waterfall on the main current of the Susami-gawa River. It is divided into two levels. On the upper level, the water falls calmly as if sliding. On the lower level, it falls vigorously into a plunge basin. In early summer, the new green leaves are a beautiful sight, as are the colorful leaves in autumn. Anglers come here in the summer to fish for ayu, red spotted masu trout and other freshwater fish.
Okauchi, Susami Town, Nishimuro-gun

1.Ueuo Falls

2.Amagoi Falls

3.Fudo Falls

4.Tsugi Falls

5.Shirama Falls

6.Kuwanoki Falls

7.Shizuku Falls

CLEAR WATER

Branch off from the magnificent main river to tributaries to find secluded places with beautiful water. It's fun to make your way into a valley with a sense of adventure to find a favorite spot to call your own. It is possible to encounter amazingly beautiful streams accessible even from urban areas and national highways.

A large river that is among the 100 Exquisite and Well-Conserved Waters of the Heisei PeriodKumano-gawa River

The 183-kilometer-long Kumano-gawa River originates in the northern Kii Mountains and continues to the sea of Kumano. On the lower reaches of the river are Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine and Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine, which are part of the only water pilgrimage route registered as UNESCO World Heritage.
Kumanogawacho, Shingu City

A valley so beautiful it looks like a paintingWada-gawa River

The Wada-gawa River is a tributary of the Akagi-gawa River, which flows into the Kumano-gawa River. Erosion from torrential rains has created steep valleys and ravines along the river. There is a lot of virgin forest on both banks. Transparent water flows in the overwhelmingly beautiful canyon.
Kumanogawacho-nishi, Shingu City

A plentiful river where you can enjoy aquatic activitiesKitayama-gawa River

The Kitayama-gawa River flows from Odaigahara through Kitayamamura, the only enclave village in Japan. With a gentle current, it combines with the steep surrounding mountains to create a magnificent valley. It is popular as a leisure spot for rafting downstream with wooden or rubber rafts.
Onuma, Kitayama Village, Higashimuro -gun

A clear river easily accessible from the cityTakada-gawa River

The Takada-gawa River is a highly transparent tributary of the Kumano-gawa River with a gentle current. If you drive three minutes southwest down the national highway, there is a natural pool fed by a clear stream. Brimming with beautiful water and nature, it is a good place for playing in the water or observing river fish, and it is often crowded with families.
Takata, Shingu City

Fantastical scenery of clear water amid deep greenYono-kawa River

This is a tributary of the Kitayama-gawa River. It passes north from the national highway through a cedar grove and flows into the upper reaches of the river where the water is calm and has few undulations. Enormous, rugged rocks stick out and spring water pours from their moss-covered faces into the river. The Yono-kawa River is so extraordinarily transparent that it reveals the riverbed.
Shimooi, Kitayama Village, Higashimuro-gun

A secluded area where you can experience the changing sounds and sights of the river up closeKo-gawa River

The Ko-gawa River is a Koza-gawa River tributary famous for Takinohai Waterfall, where you can see the current flowing through strangely shaped rocks. Further upstream from Takinohai is a place where the riverbed is covered in pebbles and you can play in the water. Visitors are pleasantly surrounded by the sounds of a murmuring small stream and roaring, strong current. The water is so fantastically transparent you can see the individual pebbles on the riverbed.
Kogawa, Kozagawa Town, Higashimuro-gun

Clear, blue-green water flows in a deep canyonAkagi-gawa River

This river is a tributary of the Kumano-gawa River that flows in a tranquil, rural area. As you head for the upper reaches of the river, fierce cliffs appear for a complete change of scenery. A soul-stirring view spreads out before you, created by the contrast between the emerald green, limpid water and the rock faces.
Akagi, Kumanogawacho, Shingu City

The river surface glimmering aqua blue is visible from the pathYasu-kawa River

The Yasu-kawa River flows through the Otohikigawa Prefectural Natural Park in a mystical location. The water sparkles aqua blue when the weather is good and it seems to slide over smooth rock surfaces. There is a path leading down into the ravine from the side of the road.
Shimogawakami, Tanabe City

1.Kumano-gawa River

2.Wada-gawa River

3.Kitayama-gawa River

4.Takada-gawa River

5.Yono-kawa River

6.Ko-gawa River

7.Akagi-gawa River

8.Yasu-kawa River