March 28, 2014
Not just any waterfall, Nachi Waterfall is the highest in Japan and more importantly it was worshiped by the early Shinto believers. The Adjacent Kumano Nachi Grand Shrine is one of the big deals in Japanese Shinto beliefs. We were there to admire the water and the cherry blossoms. The other buildings and stuff were nice extras.
Getting there was an all day project. We left the monastery in Koyasan a little after 8. Our vegetarian breakfast of seaweed, rice, bean curd biscuit and a pickled plum left us wanting a little more. Unfortunately, to get a little more we needed to board the white knuckle cable car and then the rattling train down the mountain. At noon we were able to grab a Subway sandwich before boarding our next train around the southern tip of Kansai.
The ride along the coast was. Beautiful when we were not in a tunnel. Peggy did a great job of clicking away. We will need to get home to Properly edit and select the best from the several hundred she took. At three we reach Katsuora and found our hotel. We threw the stuff in the room and got ready to ride a bus to the waterfall and shrines.
We let a couple of nice elderly Japanese ladies do the path finding as the maps were in Japanese. With the help of the dictionary we managed to communicate. We also had to climb several hundred stairs to get to the picture spots. We managed.
After shooting the ultimate pagoda-waterfall-cherry blossom pictures we took the bus back to our hotel. We just returned from enjoying a wonderful seafood grill with our chef. What ever happened to Beni-Hana?
Done for the night. We are not on a futon for the first time in several nights and the room is warm.