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  • Tenkawa Daibenzaiten-sha Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Pref. Yoshinoguntenkawamura Tsubonouchi 107
    Tenkawa Daibenzaiten-sha Shrine (Tenkawa-jinja) is a shrine dedicated to Benzaiten (Sarasvati), the deity of art and music. It is considered one of the Three Great Shrines of Benzaiten. The shrine is famous for attracting many entertainers to its doors. It also has a history of being the place where the Buddhist monk, Kobo Daishi, retreated to for a thousand days. The solemn atmosphere found here in the mountains cleanses the heart and in recent years it has become popular as a power spot. There is also a large collection of valuable artifacts related to Noh, and Noh performances are held at the shrine three times a year.
  • Tamaki-jinja Shrine
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    88 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Yoshinoguntotsukawamura Tamaigawa 1
    Tamaki-jinja Shrine is a miraculous shrine near the top of the 1,076 meter Mt. Tamaki at the southern end of the Omine Mountains. Legend says that the shrine was built in 37 B.C. in the era of Emperor Sujin in order to guard against fire at the imperial castle and to ward off evil spirits. The shrine is on the World Heritage Omine Okugake-michi (paths) and has prospered as a spiritual retreat for Buddhist Shugendo followers from Kumano and Omine for a very long time. In the grounds of the shrine are gigantic cedar trees including some cedar trees said to be 3,000 years old, and in 2004 the temple was designated a World Heritage Site under the name Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range.

    It's a long long way to reach because this sacred place has been worshipped by only a few, and not so many visit even today. Surrounded by deep forest, actually in mountains, hidden place but worthy...

  • Tanize Suspension Bridge
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Pref. Yoshinoguntotsukawamura Tanize
    The Tanize Suspension Bridge is an iron wire suspension bridge over the Totsukawa River that the local villagers built for their own use and at their own expense in 1954. At a length of 297 meters and a height of 54 meters from the surface of the river, it is Japan’s longest suspension bridge for everyday use. Due to safety concerns, no more than twenty people can cross at the same time, and the way it sways when one walks on it makes for a thrilling experience. It affords a view of the clear waters of the Totsukawa River below and the wonderful scenery formed by the surrounding mountains. Crossing this bridge is said to be like walking in the sky. Please be aware that only one-way crossings are allowed during the Golden Week holiday period in May and the O-Bon festival period in the summer.
  • Kinpusen-ji Temple Zaoudou
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    210 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Yoshinogunyoshinochou Yoshinoyama
    The symbol of Mt. Yoshino and the head temple of the Shugendo syncretic Shinto-Buddhist religion. It is believed that the temple was founded by the mystic En no Gyoja in the latter half of the seventh century. The Zaoudou hall standing proudly on the heights of the Kinpu Mountain Range was erected in 1592 and is the second largest ancient wooden building in Japan after the Hall of the Great Buddha at Todai-ji Temple. Three statues of Zao, a Shinto manifestation of the Buddha, are enshrined in the temple, representing the past, present, and future. Each is seven meters tall and a must-see during your visit.

    This is a bigger temple than the rest and is located nearer to the foot of the temple. It is one of the more popular temples in the mountain. Worth a visit.

  • Yoshimizu Shrine
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    100 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Pref. Yoshinogunyoshinochou Yoshinoyama 579
    This Shinto shrine is dedicated to Emperor Go-Daigo, Kusunoki Masashige, and Soshin Hoin. Prior to the official separation of Buddhism and Shintoism in the country, the shrine was served as the quarters for the priests of the Kinpusen-ji Temple. In addition to having served as a hiding place for Emperor Go-Daigo when he secretly traveled to Yoshino, the temple is also famous as the place where Minamoto no Yoshitsune, who was being pursued by Minamoto no Yoritomo, escaped safely to together with Benkei and Shizuka Gozen, among others. Also a famous location for viewing the cherry blossoms, the temple displays various articles from the time when Shogun Toyotomi Hideyoshi spent several days here enjoying the cherry blossoms. In spring, all of Mt. Yoshino blooms with some 30 thousand cherry trees consisting of 200 different varieties.

    This is a must visit not for the shrine itself but for the top view of the cherry blossom colours in the mountain during bloom season. Entrance is free if you just wanna take a pic. The viewpoint is...

  • Nyoirin-ji Temple
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    4 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Pref. Yoshinogunyoshinochou Yoshinoyama 1024
    A Pure Land sect Buddhist temple built by Nichizo in the Engi period between 901 and 923. Designated an imperial temple by Emperor Go-Daigo during the Nanboku-cho period (1336-1392), Kusunoki Masashige’s eldest son Masatsura, anticipating his end in the Battle of Shijonawate, carved his death poem the doors of the main nave before departing for the front. In spring, the figure of the bodhisattva Cintamanicakra, housed in the main nave, is unveiled.

    桜の季節に行ったので、みなさん紙コップに入った桜のアイスを食べてました。あとは、夕方だったこともあり、閑散とした印象でした。

  • Houkon-an
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    6 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Yoshinogunyoshinochou Yoshinoyama 550
    A popular tea house with terrace seating offering a superb view located in the Nakasenbon area on Mt. Yoshino. The first location on Mt. Yoshino to sell kudzu mochi rice cakes and kuzu-kiri kudzu jelly noodles, the shop’s signature and delectable “kuzubana” is made by stuffing soft and chewy kudzu jelly with locally grown sweet adzuki been paste. The shop offers an abundance of items perfect for enjoying during a short break in a stroll, such as the matcha green tea set.

    吉野に千本桜を観に行ったら、ここで葛きりを食べるのがオススメと聞いていたので、迷わずまっすぐこのお店に向かいました。葛きりはとても美味しく、家人も一口食べるなり「おいしい!」と喜んでくれました。建物は昭和レトロで鄙びた雰囲気です。おトイレが地下2階にあり、和式なので、膝の悪い人には向かないです。でも葛きりは文句なしに美味しいです。吉野山に再訪した際には、またここに寄るつもりです。

  • Mt. Yoshino
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Pref. Yoshinogunyoshinochou Yoshinoyama
    Mt. Yoshino is one of Japan’s most beautiful areas for seeing cherry blossoms and it is said even the great Toyotomi Hideyoshi came here to view the cherries. The cherries, which number some 30 thousand in total, are divided into areas – the Shimosenbon (Lower 1,000 Trees), Nakasenbon (Middle 1,000 Trees), Kamisenbon (Upper 1,000 Trees), and Okusenbon (Inner 1,000 Trees). The trees gradually come into blossom starting with the Shimosenbon, eventually coloring the entire mountain with their flowers. The sight, praised since ancient times in countless waka poems, continues to captivate the hearts of throngs of people today. The mountain was designated a national Site of Scenic Beauty and Historic Site in 1924. In 2004, the sacred land extending from Mt. Yoshino and Mt. Koya to Kumano as well as the intervening pilgrimage routes were registered collectively as the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range World Heritage Site.
  • Chikurin-in Temple
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    25 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Pref. Yoshinogunyoshinochou Yoshinoyama 2142
    Originally founded by Prince Shotoku as the Chinzan-ji Temple and later dubbed the Josen-ji Temple by the great priest Kukai, this Buddhist temple was re-founded as the Chikurin-in Temple in 1385. The Gumpoen garden, considered one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan, stretches out on the temple’s 33 thousand square meter grounds. The garden, a strolling garden with a central pond, is said to have been created by the great tea ceremony master Sen no Rikyu and renovated by the samurai Hosokawa Fujitaka. The garden is also famous for its cherry and camellia blossoms, which the great samurai leader Toyotomi Hideyoshi himself came to see and enjoy. The Chikurin-in Gumpoen Ryokan, a traditional temple inn located on the grounds, is 1,300 years old, and is said to have even been used by yamabushi, ascetic mountain hermits said to have supernatural powers. This popular inn still sees an unending stream of guests today.

    A visit to this temple was like visiting a secret garden in a fairy tale where the bright flowers and sakuras bloom and overhang like weeping willows near a big pond.April seems to be the best month...

  • Yoshino Mikumari-jinja Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Pref. Yoshinogunyoshinochou Yoshinoyama 1612
    One of the Four Great Mikumari Shrines of Yamato Province which watch over the Nara Basin from the east, west, north, and south, this Shinto shrine worships the goddess Ameno-Mikumari, who governs water. In the Shoku Nihongi, it is recorded that prayers were made for rain at this shrine during the reign of Emperor Monmu. In the mid-Heian period, what is now pronounced “Mikumari” was pronounced “Mikomori,” which sounds like “Child Protector” in Japanese; because of this, the shrine continues to be visited to this day by numerous worshipers seeking to be blessed with children. The main shrine building was rebuilt in 1605 by Toyotomi Hideyori, successor to his father the great general Toyotomi Hideyoshi. This beautiful building strongly retains the distinctive characteristics of Momoyama period architecture. The main shrine building is also a designated Important Cultural Property.
  • Yoshino-Jingu Shrine
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    29 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Pref. Yoshinogunyoshinochou Yoshinoyama 3226
    Yoshino-Jingu Shrine is a Shinto shrine located near Yoshino-Jingu Station on the Kintetsu Railway Yoshino Line. It was constructed in 1889 on the orders of the Meiji Emperor; the main deity enshrined here is Emperor Go-Daigo. The recently-constructed Honden (Main Hall) and Haiden (Hall of Worship) are oriented in a north-facing direction, towards the city of Kyoto, and built in the Sohinoki-zukuri style (a modern style of shrine construction, which uses only Japanese cypress wood); the Shrine precincts are renowned as a marvelous place for viewing cherry blossom in spring. The Autumn Festival which is held at the Yoshino-Jingu Shrine on September 27 every year includes a performance of the Urayasu-no-mai Dance dedicated to the gods, as well as dances accompanied by traditional folk songs, the reciting of poems for the entertainment of the gods, etc., making this a wonderful opportunity to experience aspects of traditional Japanese culture.

    Lovely place. No one else there on the morning I visited. Lovely walk down a broad path through maple trees. This place must be spectacular in autumn when the leaves turn.

  • Yakko
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    20 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Yoshinogunyoshinochou Yoshinoyama 543
    A renowned persimmon leaf sushi restaurant located in front of the Kimpusen-ji Temple’s Zao-do hall in Yoshino Town, Yoshino County, Nara Prefecuture. This long-standing restaurant continues to follow the same traditional recipes used since it was established in the Taisho period. Persimmon leaf sushi is mackerel sprinkled with salt on a bed of vinegared rice wrapped in a persimmon leaf, which has antibacterial properties. This traditional local dish was originally conceived of as a way to bring fish deep into a mountainous region far from the sea. Each piece is carefully pressed by hand to create a delectable treat with the proper flavor balance; in addition to being available for purchase as souvenirs, the shop has an eat-in space where you can enjoy some persimmon leaf sushi right there. The shop’s seasonal noodle dishes and set options are also popular.

    Spent a week in yoshino and this charming restaurant cafe offers one of the best tasting kudzu Mochi which we have tried during the entire week. The Mochi is very delicate and has a fine, light taste...

  • Sakuramotobou Temple
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    17 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Yoshinogunyoshinochou Yoshinoyama 1269
    This temple is said to be built on the spot where the sakura tree stood that Prince Oama, who became Emperor Temmu, saw in a dream. This temple is a dojo for the shugen (mountain asceticism) sect incorporating both Shinto and Buddhist concepts. It houses many relics that are important cultural properties. The yoshino sakura flowers are at their peak every year for the Hana Matsuri (flower festival) celebrating the birth of Buddha.

    This is one of the five temples under the protection of the Kimpusen-Temple (Kimpusen-ji) in Yoshino. They say it was founded in 673 during the reign of the legendary Tenmu Tennō. As many temples in...

  • Hinatabokko
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    5 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Yoshinogunyoshinochou Yoshinoyama 3056
    This log house café is located in front of the Japanese-style inn Kato along Prefectural Route 15, in Yoshinoyama, Yoshino Town. They have a “local vegetable lunch” made with over 25 different types of organic vegetables harvested in the morning (reservation required), and a rotating daily menu called “Yoshino Teishoku,” which includes Yamato Pork cutlets and Kakinoha-sushi. They also have a dessert menu with items such as Kuzumochi and ice cream, all of which can be eaten while enjoying the views of the seasons at an altitude of 400 meters.

    吉野千本桜が見えるロケーション まわりは和風なお店に対して ここは洋風 気にならない人は 値段もリーズナブルなので お茶するのに良いです

  • Kakinoha-zushi Daiyo
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    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Yoshinogunyoshinochou Yoshinoyama 937-3
    This is a specialty shop for Kakinoha-zushi established for over 50 years in Yoshinoyama, Yoshino Town, located in a building over 50 years old along Prefectural Route 15. It is beside the Yoshimizu-jinja Shrine Torii, the World Heritage Site, and they sell sushi of domestic mackerel and Fukui-produced brand rice Koshihikari wrapped in Nishi-Yoshino-produced kaki leaves packed in a Yoshino cedar wood box. During cherry blossom season it is also possible to dine inside the shop.

    余暇で吉野に伺い、名物の柿の葉すしを食べたくて醍予に伺いました。店頭にもお土産用の柿の葉ずしがたくさん飾られており、店内に食べられる所ありますよの一声で来店しました。 生憎私自身鯖アレルギーのため、鮭の柿の葉すし・ゴマ豆腐と吉野葛のセットを頼みました。どれもとっても美味しくいただけました。

  • Hyotaro
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    23 Reviews
    Shopping
    Nara Pref. Yoshinogunyoshinochou Yoshinoyama 429
    This is a Kakinoha-zushi specialty shop close to the copper torii gate of Kimpusen-ji Temple, a five-minute walk from the ropeway’s Yoshinoyama Station. Kakinoha-zushi is said to be delicious the day after thanks to the mellow flavor and aroma of persimmon leaves, and makes for a popular souvenir.

    This is the most delicious one Ive ever had. It is a famous shop of persimmon leaf sushi. I bought a mix containing mackerel and salmon. 10 pieces for 1,350 yen Is the fish like to keep it for a...

  • Tofu Chaya Hayashi
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    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Yoshinogunyoshinochou Yoshinoyama 551
    This is a tofu cuisine restaurant located along Prefectural Route 15 in Yoshinoyama, Yoshino Town. They make tofu with carefully selected ingredients including high quality domestic soy beans and water from the Yoshino Omine mountain range, and serve yu-dofu (boiled tofu), tofu skin hamburger, tofu ramen made with tofu noodles, and tofu zukushi-zen where one can try different types of tofu cuisine. In addition to the cafe menu with items such as tofu donuts and tofu soft ice cream, they also sell tofu along with other souvenirs.

    8月の吉野は観光客がかなり少なく、空いてるお店も少なめだった中、メニューが充実していたので休憩に立ち寄りました。 ガイドブックにも載っているお店で、観光客が少ないこの時期でもパラパラですがお客さんが数組入っていました。 店内も綺麗で、居心地が良かったです。 昼食は既に食べていたので豆腐ドーナツと豆乳ソフトを注文しました。 豆腐ドーナツは想像どおりの優しい味、一緒にいた友人は豆乳ソフトクリームをすご...

  • Mitarai Gorge
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Pref. Yoshinoguntenkawamura Kitozumi
    Large and small waterfalls cascade into emerald green waters in this fantastical gorge. The sight of the forceful water flowing beneath the swinging bridge is as beautiful a scene can be. The natural beauty that can be seen by walking the paths along the river’s edge is beautiful in any season but the autumn foliage is especially recommended.
  • Menfudo Limestone Cave
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Pref. Yoshinoguntenkawamura Dorogawa 678-89
    Menfudo Limestone cave is the largest limestone cave in the Kansai region. Inside the dome-shaped interior, visitors can see marvelous stalactites and stalagmites. The average temperature inside the cave is about 8°C year-round. A statue of the guardian deity Fudo has been set up in the deepest part of the cave, where no outside air penetrates.
  • Yamatoan
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Yoshinogunyoshinochou Yoshinoyama 2296
    Yamatoan is a soba restaurant located in Yoshinoyama, Yoshino Town. The restaurant offers handmade soba noodles made with the fresh waters from Mt. Yoshino and buckwheat from Yatsugatake Mountains, Shinshu (Nagano Prefecture). As well as their ‘nio soba’ with fried mochi and grated radish served on a flat bamboo sieve or in a bowl, they also do soba course meals in the evening (booking required three days in advance).

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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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