We travelled to Mt Nachi, which is a four hour drive from Osaka, where you’ll find a stunning waterfall (Nachi Falls) and Seiganto-ji, a temple which dates back to the 4th century. In 2004, it was listed as a UNESCO site.
You can see the waterfall up close if you wish. We didn’t get a chance to, but there is a walking route that will take you right to the base of the waterfall, which has a drop of 133 metres. Either way, you can get a stunning view of the waterfall from the temple.
If you’ve skipped below to the photos, you might be wondering what I’m wearing here. I am always intrigued by history & culture, and whenever I am invited to try traditional costumes from different eras and cultures, I can never say no!
I’m wearing a traditional Japanese costume from the Heian era, which dates back to the 9th century. I felt so privileged to be able to wear this while exploring Wakayama and Mt Nachi. There is only one shop in all of Japan that offers this style of Japanese costume as a rental, and the lady who owns it is probably the cutest person I’ve ever met!
You can rent this style of Kimono from Daimonzaka Chaya. The shop has been in operation for almost 20 years, and is run by 89 year old Ms. Miyamoto and her daughter (they are the cutest!).
This trip would definitely take a whole day to do, as it takes some time to get there, but is definitely worth the drive through the stunning countryside!
See here for more information: https://en.visitwakayama.jp/venues/venue_71/
Daimonzaka Chaya Shop Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/Daimonzaka_Chaya/