Spots in Yoshino Area

  • Kinpusen-ji Temple Zaoudou
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    4.5
    259 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.

    There are probably only two feasible ways to get here:either drive up the mountain in a one-line-two-way zig zag road, or take Kintetsu line to Yoshino station then hire a cab. Either way is an...

  • Tamaki-jinja Shrine
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    4.5
    110 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.

    Its really a beautiful shrine to feel nature, culture and history. Dont forget to hike up to Tamaishisha. If sky is clear, you can see the ocean from the shrine and the top of Mt. Tamaki.

  • Yoshimizu Shrine
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    4.5
    116 Reviews
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    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 shrine was where Emperor Go-Daigo stayed during his fight with North Court in 14th Century. It also has two screen panels used by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in display. Besides the significant...

  • Yoshino Mikumari-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    75 Reviews
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    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.

    Even by Japanese standards, this shrine is wonderfully atmospheric. I stopped by to rest on the long hike down from the summit, and sat alone, entranced, by the quiet charm. Worth a journey.

  • Tenkawa Daibenzaiten-sha Shrine
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    4.5
    23 Reviews
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    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.

    We enjoyed not only the temple but the journey here and the surrounding areas, very nice quiet spot to visit.

  • Mt. Ominesan Ryusenji Temple
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    4.0
    52 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Yoshinoguntenkawamura Dorogawa 494
    This is a temple located along the Dorogawa, Tenkawa Village on Prefectural Route 48. It was founded by Ennogyoujya as the main temple of the Daigo school of the Shingon sect approximately 1,300 years ago. It is a training ground for Japanese mountain asceticism-shamanism. The water from the spring water lake flowing from the Dragons Mouth in the precinct is the first ascetic training place of the Omine Mountain, where austerity practitioners gather to purify themselves.

    The Japanese style of garden (with mini arched bridges and lanterns) and the surrounding area of the shrine complex is beautiful with maple (all fiery colours) and ginko trees scattered here and...

  • Menfudo Limestone Cave
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    50 Reviews
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    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.

    Compare with another limestone caves in Europe, this place is quite small but pretty. The most impressive thing is truck train!! Very original and thrilling because there are no guard rails so be...

  • Roadside Station Yoshinoji Oyodo i Center
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    3.5
    26 Reviews
    Transportation
    Nara Pref. Yoshinogunoyodochou Ashihara 536-1
    This roadside station located off of Naka Kaido Road in Ashihara, Oyodo Town features a number of different attractions. In addition to a shop selling fresh local produce, local specialties and processed goods from Yoshino Town, there is an on-site bakery offering fresh-baked bread, a restaurant that serves set meals, donburi rice bowls, and light meals, and a tourist information center. Its attractive building makes great use of Yoshino cedar wood.

    車中泊で利用しました。 トイレは24時間利用できます。 朝は6時ころから農家の方々が搬入されて賑わっています。 オープンは8時半からですが美味しそうなお野菜があったので軽トラから直接買わせていただきました。 とっても美味しかったです

  • Tanize Suspension Bridge
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    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.
  • Yoshino-Jingu Shrine
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    4.0
    37 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.

  • Mt. Yoshino
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    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.
  • Amanogawa Onsen Center
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    4.0
    33 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nara Pref. Yoshinoguntenkawamura Tsubonouchi 232
    A great deal of attention was paid to the wood used to build this hot spring spa, including Japanese umbrella pine, Yoshino cedar, cypress, pine, and maple. Its odorless, colorless, and transparent waters have a slightly salty taste and a high content of minerals that give you soft and smooth skin. The spa, which is popular for its secluded hot spring atmosphere, also has outdoor baths and rest areas. Its line of cute original merchandise is also popular.

    清潔で開放的な雰囲気の温泉。強いインパクトはないけれど、普通に快適に過ごせる雰囲気で、リピートもありあり。安定の(笑)天の川温泉といってみたり(笑)

  • 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.
  • Nyoirin-ji Temple
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    4.0
    37 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.

    Visited this temple on the way down. Was attracted by the structure as it was circular at the top level. Lovelt building.

  • Niukawakami Jinja Shimosha Shrine
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    4.5
    18 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Yoshinogunshimoichichou Nagatani 1-1
    This shrine is said to be the origin of Ema. Originally, worshipers would offer a black horse to pray for rain or a white horse to pray for clear weather. This would eventually morph into pictures of horses on wooden plaques. The shrine is said to be Japan's oldest shrine to a water god. It is notable for its 75-step covered stairs, a rarity in Shinto shrine architecture, which were built to reach the heavens. It is also said to be a good place to pray for success in marriage.

    I went to Higashiyoshino-village in Nara prefecture to see Ogawa Festival. The village, 2 hours from Osaka by cay, is a beautiful, quiet town deep in the mountains. The festival is dedicated to...

  • Shionoha Onsen
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    20 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nara Yoshino-gun Kawakamimura Shionoha 391
    A rare carbonic acid-containing alkaline spring was discovered while boring 150 meter into the ground in the Hato no Tani valley, leading to the building of the Shionoha Onsen Yumoto Yamabatoyu hot spring inn. The hot spring's waters are said to treat nerve pain, muscle soreness, joint pain, frozen shoulders, motor paralysis, chronic digestive diseases, chronic women's diseases, hysteria, sensitivity to cold, bruises, sprains, and nine other ailments. The inn's outdoor bath offers a sweeping view of a dam lake enwrapped in the Yoshino cedar forest, and as time passes its waters turn from colorless to a golden yellow; this coupling of gorgeous scenery and colored waters engenders a sense of paradise in bathers. The inn's cuisine, made with locally caught river fish, edible wild plants, and vegetables is also renowned, and dishes such as the Koyo Nabe hotpot, boar stew, and duck hotpot boast many fans.

    粉雪舞う中、たどり着いたのは、ポツンと一軒家風の古めかしい温泉。中に入るとイノシシのはく製がお出向え。雑然としたフロントの昭和感もほどよく、一気に湯舟へと突き進んだ、と言いたいところだけれど、「調理に時間がかかるのであらかじめ予約がおすすめ」と触れ込みのあった釜飯を予約。さて、浴室の扉を開けると目に飛び込んできたのは土色の湯。浸かるとそれほどとろみは強くなく、ここちよりやわらかさ。体がじっくり芯か...

  • Mt. Takagi Observatory
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    4.0
    23 Reviews
    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.

  • Hyotaro
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    4.5
    33 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...

  • Yoshinoji Kamikitayama
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    3.5
    15 Reviews
    Transportation
    Nara Pref. Yoshinogunkamikitayamamura Kawai Haji 1-1
    This roadside station is popular for its coffee made with great-tasting water and cuisine that makes use of ingredients harvested from the local mountains and rivers. Visitors can also enjoy a bath at Kamikitayama Onsen Yakushiyu, a hot springs spa located on the opposite shore. Hotel Kamikita, a lodging facility operated by the village, is also located nearby. The station's information center, which provides information on local roads and sightseeing, makes it a great base for mountain tourism.

    谷間の国道沿いにある小さな道の駅。 このあたり、なかなか休める場所がないので、駐車場もトイレもあるこの道の駅は貴重です。ヤマザキの売店があって、おにぎりやパン、お菓子、地元のお土産なんかを売ってます。川の反対側には日帰り温泉もあります。

  • Chikurin-in Temple
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    4.0
    29 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...

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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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