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Living with whales

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STORY

For the Japanese, the whale was a special creature and the subject of worship.
The people were in awe of the giants that swam the vast seas, but when whales occasionally beached, their carcasses were used for food and for tools, which supplemented the locals’ livelihoods.
Later, the local people started hunting whales for subsistence.
During the Edo period, descendants of the venerable Kumano suigun naval force living on the Kumano-nada Coast established whale hunting techniques and methods for distributing their catch.
Whale hunting has been their livelihood since that time.
Many reminders of whaling’s history can be observed in the area, from festivals and foods to whaling-related art.

CULTURAL PROPERTIES

CULTURAL PROPERTIES

  • TITLE

    DESIGNATION

    LOCATION
  • Mifune Sacred Boat Ritual, Kochi Matsuri Festival

    Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties

    Kushimoto Town
  • Kuroshima Island

    Places of Scenic Beauty

  • Cape Shionomisaki Lookout

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

  • Gravesite of Yorimoto Wada Whaling Founder

    Wakayama prefecture Historic Sites

  • Taiji Whale Dance

    Wakayama prefecture Intangible Folk Cultural Properties

    Taiji Town
  • Auka-jinja Shrine

    Taiji Town Cultural Properties(Structures)

  • Whale Memorial

    Taiji Town Historic Sites

  • Lookout Rest House Site

    Taiji Town Historic Sites

  • Smoke Signal Site

    Taiji Town Historic Sites

  • Lighthouse Site

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

  • Lookout Site

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

  • Takatsuka Lookout Site

    Taiji Town Historic Sites

  • Sekimon(Rock Gate)

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

  • Miwasaki Whale Dance

    Wakayama prefecture Intangible Folk Cultural Properties

  • Harpooners’ Stone Shrine

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

  • Whale Lookout

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

  • Fish Memorial

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

  • Shiogama-jinja Shrine Semi Right Whale Ritual

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

  • Hamanomiya Shrine Archery Ritual

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

ACCESS

  • Train
    • JR Nagoya Sta.(Kansai Line/Kisei Line)〜JR Shingu Sta.(Kisei Line)〜JR Kiikatsuura Sta.〜JR Taiji Sta.〜JR Koza Sta.〜JR Kushimoto Sta.
    • JR Shin-Osaka Sta.(Hanwa Line/Kisei Line)〜JR Shirahama Sta.(Kisei Line)〜JR Kushimoto Sta.〜JR Koza Sta.〜JR Taiji Sta.〜JR Kiikatsuura Sta.〜JR Shingu Sta.
  • Car
    • Nagoyanishi IC(Higashi-Meihan Expwy/Ise Expwy/Kisei Expwy/National Highway R42/Kumano-Owase Limited Highway)〜Kumano-Odomari IC〜Shingu City〜Shingu-Minami IC(Nachi-Katsuura-Shingu Limited Highway/Hanwa Expwy)〜Nachi-Katsuura IC〜Ichiya Exit〜Taiji Town/Kushimoto Town
    • Suita IC(Kinki Expwy)〜Matsubara JCT(Hanwa Expwy/Yuasa-Gobo Limited Highway/Hanwa Expwy)〜Nanki-Shirahama IC(Kisei Limited Highway)〜Susami-Minami IC(National Highway R42)〜Ichiya Entrance〜Taiji Town〜Nachi-Katsuura IC(Nachi-Katsuura-Shingu Limited Highway))〜Shingu-Minami IC・Mt. Nachi-San

CONTACT

  • Association for the Preservation of Kumano Sea Whaling Culture
    (part of the Wakayama Prefecture Tourism Promotion Division)
  • TEL:+81-73-441-2777
    FAX:+81-73-432-8313