Festivals & Events
Nachi Fire Festival 那智の火祭り（那智の扇祭り）
A festival of flame at a grand shrine, near a roaring waterfall
Not so on July 14, however, as the stone stairs are roaring with flame in the annual Nachi Fire Festival.
- Watching the torch-bearers dressed in white scurry up and down the steps wielding their flaming beacons amid religious chanting and thick smoke
- Exploring the grand shrine and the falls
How to Get There
Jump on the bus at Kii-Katsuura Station and ride 30 minutes to the Nachisan bus stop. The stop before Nachisan is Nachi-no-Taki-mae, the stop for Nachi Falls . Alternatively, take the bus from Shingu Station, and get off at Jinja Otera-mae.
Purify the spirit
Known locally as Nachi-no-Ogi, this festival is a purification ritual that climaxes with 12 portable shrines in the shape of the falls being set ablaze.
This is one of the most dramatic and famous festivals in the region, if not the whole country.