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 interacting in synergy with the natural environment. The temple is also attached to the Grand Shrine of Kumano Nachi-taisha – demonstrating the often harmonious relationship between Buddhism and Shintoism.
The temple is accessible by bus.
Take the Kumano Kotsu 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.
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.