|There are quite a few other things to do in southern Wakayama Prefecture, from swimming -- that's Nachi Beach above -- to outdoor hot spring bathing, hiking, and more. Interesting places not pictured here but worthy of a visit nclude Yuumura, a tiny hot spring town, and the ancient Hongu Temple.|
Kawayuu, which means 'river of hot water', is literally that. You can dig a shallow pit in the gravel bar, then let it fill up with hot water and have yourself a 'private' (actually very public) bath.
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|This is Senninburo, another outdoor bathing spot just a hundred meters or so upriver from Kawayuu. Friend Don joined us on this trip.|
|Nope, that's not mist rising from the water. It's steam. That water is hot!|
These rock pinnacles are just off the coast somewhere between Shingu and Gobo. They are part of a very long, single line of rocks that extend inland as well as further out to sea. The line is actually a volcanic dike, a layer of magma that squeezed through a crack in the overlying rock and then solidified. There is a good example of this kind of thing off Kamehameha Highway on Oahu, exposed in a road cut.
The coastline between Gobo and Shingu is full of interesting geology (and spectacular scenery).
Just a few minutes by car from Shingu and straight up into the mountains from Nachi Beach is Nachi Falls, the highest waterfall in Japan. This picture shows only the bottom 1/4 of the falls.
The falls are significant in the Shinto religion, which venerates all things in nature. Thus, the temple seen here.
It is also a major tourist destination.
|Of course, there's always the ancient traditional Japanese sport of stone-skipping, being performed here at the beach at Shingu by Terai-san for the benefit of the B.|