Pass Spots in Nara Area

  • Kuragari Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Prefecture Ikoma-shi, Osaka-fu Higashi Osaka-shi
    This mountain pass, a Nara Prefecture Landscape Heritage, has long been known as the road taken from Osaka to Nara or to Ise Grand Shrine by people on pilgrimages. The path is lined with stone monuments and still has its original cobbled road surface. It is also famous for the poetry written by Matsuo Basho while he walked there. The name Kuragari (darkness) comes from how dimly lit the path is even during the day due to the shade of thick tree coverage.
  • Sasanochaya Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Yoshino-gun Nosegawamura
  • Tenguki Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Ito-gun
  • Deyashiki Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Gojo-shi
  • Jizo Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Yoshino-gun Kurotakimura
  • Uno Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Gojo-shi Sanzaicho
  • Kabanoki Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Yoshino-gun Shimoichicho
  • Kojima Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Yoshino-gun Yoshinocho
  • Unokawagoe
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Yoshino-gun Higashiyoshinomura
  • Shirayagoe
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Yoshino-gun Higashiyoshinomura
  • Okuchi Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Gose-shi Inaido
  • Tsubosaka Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Takaichi-gun Takatoricho
  • Imogatoge Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Yoshino-gun Yoshinocho
  • Sekido Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Uda-shi
  • Sasatoge Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Uda-shi
  • Sakura Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Uda-shi
  • Anamushi Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Kashiba-shi Anamushi
  • Tajiri Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Kashiba-shi Anamushi
  • Takeuchi Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Katsuragi-shi Takenouchi
  • Meyori Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Sakurai-shi Obara

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.

Nara Photo Album

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