Other Sightseeing Spot Spots in Nara Area

  • Odaigahara Visitor Center
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    Nara Pref. Yoshinogunkamikitayamamura Kotochi 660-1
    Odaigahara is one of the rainiest places in the world, with an average rainfall of 5000 millimeters. This rainfall has made this exemplary virgin forest a precious paradise for flora and fauna. The area is divided into two areas; East Odai, which contains a number of major scenic spots such as Mt. Hidegatake and Orochigura, and West Odai, which is covered by the virgin forest of Odaigahara. Entering West Odai requires filing for a permit.
  • Goro-goro Spring Water
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    Nara Pref. Yoshinoguntenkawamura Dorogawa
    This watering hole is selected as one of the Select Best Waters of Japan by the Ministry of the Environment, and one of the top 34 wellsprings by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. Visitors can freely scoop as much water as they wish using their own container. These waters are natural spring waters flowing from the karst near the Godaimatsu limestone cavern. The sound of the water flowing through the cavern reverberates here, sounding like tumbling rocks, and hence the name goro-goro. Not only is the calcium and mineral rich water healthy to drink, but is said to enhance the flavor of teas and coffee. On weekends visitors are snaked around in a line to collect some of this famous water.

    名水として有名なゴロゴロ水でいれたコーヒー。家に帰れば、自分で作れるわけですが、折角なら、直ぐに堪能したいですよねという時に。ほんと癖がない水です。

  • Nunome Dam
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    Nara Pref. Narashi Kitanoyamachou
    This new dam is the fourth to be built along Kiso River. Yagyu Village, which features a number of historical sites regarding the Yagyu Clan, is located nearby. The dam's operators, who put great importance on connections with the local community, organize tours for school children, fishing competitions in Nunome Lake, and running races. The lake is also a great place for white crucian carp fishing.
  • Amakashi-no-oka
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    Nara Pref. Takaichigunasukamura Toyoura
    A 148 meter tall hill said to be the place where Soga no Emishi and his son, Soga no Iruka, had a residence in the Asuka period. The hill offers a sweeping view of Asuka and on clear days you can even see the Three Mountains of Yamato -Mt. Amanokagu, Mt. Miminashi, and Mt. Unebi. In spring, the cherry trees on the hill come into beautiful bloom.
  • Mt. Kasuga Primeval Forest
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    Nara Pref. Narashi Kasuganochou
    This primeval forest in eastern Nara City covers more than 250 hectares. This protected religious site has long been considered as a sacred mountain by Kasuga Shrine. The forest is now home to diverse flora and fauna. A nine- kilometer-long nature trail, the Kasugayama Mountain Trail, makes the forest a great place to enjoy forest bathing, bird watching, and more.
  • Amakashi-no-Oka, Asuka Historical National Government Park
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    Nara Pref. Takaichigunasukamura Toyoura
    Asuka Historical National Government Park is a 60 hectare park created to protect and share the natural beauty and Asuka cultural assets found in the area. The park is divided into five areas; the Amakashi-no-Oka area is a hill offering a sweeping view extending from Mt. Kongo to the Yamato Sanzan mountains and the sites of Asuka-kyo and Fujiwara-kyo. Visitors can also immerse themselves in the ancient culture of the region; the area is outfitted with a trail on which you can enjoy a quiz on the names of 40 plants which appear in the ancient text of the Man'yoshu and the Kojiki.
  • Shirakawa Dam
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    Tenri City, Nara Prefecture
    Shirakawa Dam was constructed for flood control of the Takase River and Naragawa River basin and for irrigation of a 550-ha agricultural area. Reels and lures are prohibited, but Japanese crucian carp fishing is allowed from sunrise until 17:00 year-round. The area around the dam is a park with multipurpose sports fields and a gateball field.
  • Naramachi Nigiwai-no-le
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    Nara Nara-shi
  • 500 Arhats
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    Nara Takaichi-gun Takatoricho
    "The Tsubosaka-dera Temple stands on the mountain Tsubosaka, which boasts a sweeping view to the south of Mt. Yoshino, a famous cherry blossom viewing destination; and, to the north, the Nara Basin and the three mountains of the Yamato Sanzan, land of the ancient ""Man'yoshu"" poetry anthology. On the northeast side of the temple's main temple building, which is also dubbed the Okunoin, there are numerous carved stone Buddhist statues decorating the bare slope of Mt. Koko. The statues are known as the 500 Arhats, but the area is also dotted with depictions of 25 bodhisattvas, the Gosha Myojin, and the Mandala of the Two Realms."
  • Inabuchi-Kayanomori Village
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    Nara Takaichi-gun Asukamura Inabuchi Kayamori
    This village is located along the Asuka River upstream from Ishibutai Tomb. A distinctly tranquil area even in the quiet Asuka region, stunning terraced rice fields sprawl on the eastern slopes of hills around the settlement. Sacred ropes span the Asuka River at the entrance to the village, with the larger one being called the Inabuchi and the smaller being called the Hyakunomori; the ropes are placed to pray for luck in producing descendants and to ward away disease epidemics. The ropes are replaced each year in January. The village's terraced rice fields have been selected for inclusion in the 100 Best Rice Terraces in Japan list.
  • Shoro
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    Nara Nara-shi Zoshicho 406-1 Todaiji
    This bell tower is located on the grounds of the Todaiji temple in Zoshi-cho, Nara City. The belfry was rebuilt in the Kamakura period by the priest Eisai. The bonsho bell which hangs within it was cast in 752 and it and the belfry have been designated a National Treasure. When the bell is rung 108 times as is tradition in Japan on New Year's Eve, regular people, in groups of eight, get to ring the bell once on a first-come, first-served basis, with ultimately more than 800 people getting to ring the bell.
  • Isuien
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    Nara Pref. Narashi Suimonchou 74

    A large garden, as Japanese gardens go, and divided into an outer and inner side. The garden and associated tea ceremony huts have been popular with Urasenke masters, and rich merchants...

  • Kofukujigojunoto
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    Nara Pref. Narashi Noboriojichou

    The beautiful 5 storey Pagoda was one of the landmark in the area. You could climb up the pagoda and see the environment if you have time.

  • Otomurakajutaku
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    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Pref. Kashiharashi Imaichou 1-chome 10-13

    橿原市にはほかにもいくつかありますが、明治時代の古民家を保存したものです。この前を歩いていると、タイムスリップしたかのような感覚に襲われます。

  • Ikomayamasancho
    Travel / Tourism
    Osaka Met. Higashiosakashi Yamatechou 2312-1
  • Hiyoshi no Sa To Marche
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    Nara Yoshino-gun Higashiyoshinomura Washika 224
  • Shisekiheijokyo Suzaku Ojiato
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Pref. Narashi Nijouojiminami 3-chome 4
  • Nara Okuyama Driveway Parking lot
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Pref. Narashi Zoushichou
  • kasuganonoshikatoshoteranokane 1
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Pref. Narashi Noboriojichou 48
  • kasuganonoshikatoshoteranokane 2
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Pref. Narashi Zoushichou 406-1

Nara Areas

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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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