The following is a list of questions that we are frequently asked about Nachi-Katsuura Town.
Q: Do the Japanese people speak English?
A: Generally, no. It is sometimes really hard to find English speakers,especially in smaller towns.
Q: What are the famous things in Nachi-Katsuura Town?
A: Nachi-Katsuura has many things to explore:
- World Heritage (Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes, Nachi Waterfall, the highest waterfall in Japan,
Kumano Nachi Grand Shrine and Nachi-san Seiganto-ji Temple and Fudarakusan-ji Temple)
- Onsen (spas),
- fresh tuna including the tuna market and tuna dishes and more.
Q: Where is the Nachi-Katsuura Information center?
A: Our office is located on the first floor of Kii-Katsuura Station. We are open from 8:30am to 5:00pm,
365days a year.
Q: How long is the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route?
A: Its total length is 307.6km/191miles. In fact, the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes consist of
five pilgrimage routes, two, Nakahe-ji* and Ohe-ji*, of which run through Nachi-Katsuura Town.
*some call them Nakahe-chi and Ohe-ji respectively.
Q: Is Whale Watching available?
A: Yes, but it is available only from late April to the end of September.
Q: Where Can I Walk and Hike?
A: We prepare for varieties of walking courses, some of which are a part of the Kumano Kodo
Pilgrimage routes. Please check this link for detailed information.
Q: Can I see the tuna fish market at the Katsuura port?
A: Yes. You can see it from the second floor deck without reservation.
If you want to see it right in front of the auction site, you need to pay \1,000 and reserve
one day in advance. The auction usually starts at 7 in the morning and lasts half an hour
to a few hours depending on the catch. The market closes Saturdays and the days before
national holidays. It may also irregularly close without notice.
Q: How Can I get to the boarding pier for Hotel Urashima or Hotel Nakanoshima?
A: It is a 7 minute walk from JR Kii-Katsuura station.
You can embark the Ki-no-Matsushima cruising tour from the same pier.
Q: Where can I withdraw cash?
A: You can make withdrawals at the local convenience store, local banks and post offices.
Please be aware that these services are not available at night.