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Wakayama, Shionomisaki Lighthouse’s Grass Burning

The grass burning is a customary event of Shionomisaki Lighthouse, the southernmost place in Honshu, to eliminate pests and to encourage growth of new plantlife. The event is joined by local folk dances and taiko performances.
In the blink of an eye, flames spread across around 6 hectares of grass overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and it burns up in as little as one hour. Visitors can enjoy the flames up close. Fireworks are also launched, setting a fantastical atmosphere.
Visitors can also enjoy being treated to free food, like the local specialty “Shorasan Nabe,” a miso nabe dish filled with fish cakes, pork, and vegetables.

Enjoy early-summer Ise and Kumano Kodo with the great-deal “Ise-Kumano- Wakayama Area Tourist Pass”!

The rainy season is gone and it’s finally summer! This picture that looks like Okinawa or somewhere tropical was actually taken in Shirahama Beach in Wakayama prefecture. Away about 2 and half hours from the Kansai International Airport; this beach with extended shallow seashore is well known for its powdery white sand and magnificently clear beautiful ocean. That said, why not go a little way further from Osaka and enjoy summer in the best way? In this article, we will pick up Wakayama and Mie area that everyone is talking about! They are both accessible from the Kansai International Airport.

Nachi Falls

Nachi Falls

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One of the Three Great Waterfalls of Japan, Nachi Falls is 13 meters wide and 133 meters tall, and it boasts the largest uninterrupted drop for waterfalls in Japan.
Nachi Falls is the shintai, or Shinto object of worship, for Hiro Shrine, an auxiliary shrine of Kumano Nachi Taisha. Since long ago, Nachi Falls have been considered an object of natural worship. It has been said that being splashed by the waterfalls grants benefits.
In 2004, Nachi Falls was registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site as part of the “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range.”