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Hiking / Walking Spots in Nara Area

  • Sasayaki no Komichi (Whisper Lane)
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nara Pref. Narashi Kasuganochou 160
    This walking path in Kasuganocho, Nara City extends from south of the Ni-no-torii (second gate) gate at Kasuga Taisha Shrine to Takabatake-cho. The path, lined on both sides by old-growth Japanese pieris, is believed to have been walked by many well-known intellectuals. Its official name is Shimo-no-Negimichi (lower path for senior priests of Shinto shrines).
  • Higashi-Odai Hiking Course
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nara Yoshino-gun Kamikitayama Mura Kotochi 660-1O Daigahara Visitor Center
    This hiking course to Mt. Odaigahara in Yoshino-Kumano National Park is located in Kamikitayama Village, Yoshino County. Odaigahara Plateau is broadly divided into two areas; Higashi-Odai and Nishi-Odai. Higashi-Odai, the eastern areas, has many scenic spots to enjoy such as Masaki Pass and Mt. Hidegadake, which at 1,694 meters is the highest point in the area. Colonies of rhododendron also bloom in the area from the end of May to early June.
  • Mitsue Youth Travel Village
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nara Uda-gun Mitsuemura Kozue 1790
    An outdoor facility in Kouzue, Mitsue Village, Uda County. There's a camp zone with auto-campsites, bungalows and day use BBQ stations as well as a playground zone. The playground area features a 240-meter long bobsled run, a jumbo roller slide, and nine different field athletic attractions. You can also enjoy fishing and hiking amongst the nature of the Kouzue River.
  • Takenouchi Kaido
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nara Katsuragi-shi Takenouchi

Nara Areas


With a reputation almost as stellar as that of Kyoto, Nara is a must-visit for those searching for the remains of “traditional Japan.” The largely green Nara city holds the majority of the prefecture’s treasures, such as the iconic Todai-ji Temple, in which a 15-meter tall Great Buddha sits, and Nara Park, where deer flock to befriend passersby. While mountains are by no means hard to come by in this area, for hiking with a reward, head to the Kii Mountains’ Yoshino district in spring, when the hillsides put on an impressive display of white and pink cherry blossoms.

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