Katsuura is a part of
Nachi-Katsuura town at the southeast part of Wakayama Prefecture, and
is located about 30 km northeast of Kushimoto town.
Katsuura is the central area in the town, and has a major fishing port.
The port is inside a cove, and is surrounded with a small peninsula lika a breakwater.
An island is also at the entrance of the cove, so the cove is quiet and is useful as a port.
Around the cove, there are many hot springs. Then Katsuura is one of the major hot spring resorts in Wakayama Prefecture.
There are many hotels around here.
Out of the cove, Pacific Ocean spreads.
Near the entrance of the cove, there are several small rocky islands.
It looks like Matsushima in Miyagi Prefecture, so it is called "Ki-no-Matsushima".
We can visit there by pleasure boat from Katsuura Port.
On the coast near Ki-no-Matsushima, there is a small outdoor bath named
It means "bath of camel", because there is a rock like a camel by the bath.
Only a small boat leads to the bath.
Men and women bath together. But each visitor puts on a wear to bath, so it is no problem.
The boats goes back soon, and it will pick you up after an hour.
Katsuura is the entrance to Kumano Nachi Taisha shrine designated a World Heritage Site.
By JR limited express "Kuroshio", about 3 hours 30-40 minutes from
Ten'noji in Osaka, about 1 hour 30 minutes from Shirahama.
By JR limited express "Nanki", about 3 hours 25-35 minutes from Nagoya.