Get lost in Natchikatsuura
While I was planning my trip to Japan, I came upon a picture of Nachi Falls on Instagram and decided to add it to my itinerary! I was also considering other places, but it might be too hard to get to in the winter, especially I was going to travel alone. As you can see from the map below, it was located pretty far south in Wakayama. Nonetheless, I was able to figure out my transportation route through Google Maps, and the Airbnb host was really helpful and agreed to pick me up at the train station.
It took me about 5 hours to take the train from Kyoto to Nachikatsuura. Although the train ride was a little long, I really enjoyed the view as the train was running along the coast line of Wakayama.
The town was so far out, pretty much no one speaks English there, not even my Airbnb host! We were communicating using Google Translate thanks to technology! Regardless of the language barrier, people were extremely nice and friendly.
Traveling in a small town, it was definitely not as convenient as in a big city. Other than the bus to Nachi Falls, I was pretty much on foot and on the bike I borrowed from the Airbnb host. I actually treasured the feeling of disconnection and isolation. I was able to really take my time to enjoy the view and breathe in all the fresh air. People were in a slower pace there and definitely not rushing like what you would see in the city. My Airbnb host was taking me to dinner, and then to the best hot springs in town even though we were guessing each other's words most of the time. The morning I left, I was hungry and the host came to pick me up with breakfast and a cup of hot coffee. I was totally melted away in their warm accommodation!
So how was Nachi Falls? You may ask.
Yes, the Nachi Falls was breathtaking and I enjoyed wondering around without running into many tourists. The Hiro Shrine right beside it was quite empty in winter. As a photographer, I love capturing the serenity of this historical place.
After this amazing experience, I am for sure more inclined to explore small towns because what I can get out of it is something beyond what words can describe!