Observatory / Outlook Spots in Nara Area

  • Mt. Takagi Observatory
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    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Pref. Yoshinogunyoshinochou Yoshinoyama
    The Mt. Takagi Observatory at the World Heritage Site of Mt. Yoshino, is about a 10 minute walk up the hill from the Yoshino Mikumari Shrine in Okusenbon area. Spectacular views can be had throughout the year from the observatory at a height of 700 meters. The place is famous for beautiful cherry blossom in the spring and autumn colors along the sloping road to the observatory. It is approximately 30 minutes by car from the Yoshino Jingu Station on the Kintetsu Yoshino Line.

    There is observatory here but nothing much to see in my opinion but can visit and walk around if your time permits.

  • Hanayagura Observatory
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Pref. Yoshinogunyoshinochou Yoshinoyama
    The Hanayagura Observatory at Mt. Yoshino affords visitors fine views of the changing seasons all year round. It is probably the best viewing point in the Yoshino Mountains and rewards visitors with views as far as Mt. Kongo on the Prefectural border of Nara and Osaka. It’s a famous place for viewing the cherry blossom with the best time to visit in early April. The view of the cherry blossom in full bloom down below is a magnificent sight indeed. It is approximately 40 minutes by bus from the Kintetsu Yoshino Station on the Kintetsu Yoshino Line.
  • Wakakusayamasanchotembodai
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Pref. Narashi Zoushichou 469

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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