Seigantoji Temple 青岸渡寺
A picture-perfect temple with natural harmony
Perched in front of the stunning Nachi Falls , the brilliant red three-story pagoda of Seigantoji Temple is a striking example of a man-made structure in synergy with the natural environment. The temple is also attached to Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine , demonstrating the often harmonious relationship between Buddhism and Shintoism.
The temple is one of the few that is joined with a shinto shrine after the forcible separations in the Meiji period
Many of the buildings were burned down by Oda Nobunaga in the 16th Century.
How to Get There
The temple is accessible by bus.
Take the Kumano Gobo Nankai Bus from Kii-Katsuura Station and ride 30-minutes to the Nachisan stop. The stop before Nachisan is Nachi-no-Taki-mae, the stop for Nachi Falls . Alternatively, take the bus from Shingu station and after 15-minutes, get off at Jinja Otera-mae.
Not just a pretty pagoda
While the bold red pagoda is the image most associated with the temple, there is much more to discover. The temple is actually the oldest structure in the Kumano area and houses many important cultural properties. Visitors to the site on a specified day in February will also be lucky enough to have any wish granted by the enshrined deity—wisdom, wealth and power included.
Entrance to the site is free, however a small fee is necessary to enter the pagoda.