Spots in Yoshino Area

  • Kinpusen-ji Temple Zaoudou
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    263 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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    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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    120 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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    77 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.

  • Mt. Ominesan Ryusenji Temple
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    55 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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    53 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...

  • Yoshino-Jingu Shrine
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    38 Reviews
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    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.

  • Roadside Station Yoshinoji Oyodo i Center
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    25 Reviews
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    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

  • 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. 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.
  • Tosenji Onsen Taki no Yu
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    18 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nara Yoshino-gun Totsukawamura Ohara 373-1
    A public bathhouse in Ohara, Totsukawa Village, Yoshino County. The baths are fed by the Tosenji hot spring, a simple sulfur spring which is said to help with issues such as chronic women's disease. They have indoor and open-air baths in a bathhouse made with Totsukawa lumber, allowing you to relax and soak in the scent of wood and sulfur.

    スタッフの方々がお忙しいのかも知れませんが、中へ入り、外湯の滝の湯へ行くまでの階段が汚れていました。掃除が行き届いてないと思います。

  • Nyoirin-ji Temple
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    40 Reviews
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    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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    20 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...

  • 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.
  • Noten Daijin Ryu-ou-in
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    17 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Yoshinogunyoshinochou Yoshinoyama 2482
    This temple is dedicated to Noten Daijn, the tutelar deity of brain. Visitors come to the temple to pray for things such as cures for head ailments and better test scores. During the grand festival, the festival conducts a Goma fire ritual and offers various forms of hospitality to guests, including a lottery for everyone who comes to temple. The temple also accepts requests for special prayers for success in entrance exams.

    片道500段近くの階段を下り、お参り。 帰りは、ヒーヒーいって上がる。 膝ガクガクです。 秋のお祭りで、一般にも公開してる屋外の護摩祈祷が素晴らしい。 山伏が何十人と集まり、迫力で般若心経がフルコーラスで聞けます。

  • Shimokitayama Onsen Kinari no Yu
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    9 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Yoshinogunshimokitayamamura Kamikehara 282
    This hot spring spa located inside Shimokitayama Sports Park, is popular for its natural hot spring waters said to give you soft, smooth skin. The spa has two bathing areas, the Maki no Yu, which is framed with fragrant century-old yew plum pine wood, and the Tochi no Yu, which has a stone-lined waterfall bath and an ultrasonic bubble bath. Each of the bathing areas has indoor and outdoor baths. The spa also has a restaurant that serves cuisine made with local ingredients.

    サウナもあり水風呂もありスポーツの後の火照った身体を洗い癒すにはもってこいのお風呂ですが湯温が低い。 爽快感に欠けます。ぬるま湯があるなら熱湯にして欲しい。 キャンプやスポーツ関係で利用者があるのでしょうがこの設備と価格では風呂に入ることが目的では利用しません レストランでは、とんかつ単品800円ダムカレーにイタリアンな品目もあります。この環境でイタリアンは旅人には不向きで選択する余地はありません...

  • Mt. Takagi Observatory
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    24 Reviews
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    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.

  • Goyomatsu Limestone Cave
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    20 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Yoshinoguntenkawamura Dorogawa
    This more than 200 meter-deep limestone cave has a truly mystical atmosphere created by its faintly-lit stalactites, stone pillars, and stalagmites. The cave's largest stone pillar, a truly impressive sight, is a full eight meters tall. Sign up for guided cave tours at Gorogoro Chaya. The caves are closed on Wednesdays and for winter (December 1 to mid-March).

    赤井五代松翁が親子二代に渡り,私財を投げうって完成させた鍾乳洞とのことです.以前は現在の面不動鍾乳洞と同じく,観光客自らが自由に散策できましたが,氷柱石や石筍を折って持ち去る不届き者があり,現在では係員の方の案内に従い,鍾乳洞の中を見学するスタイルに戻ったとのことでした.私たちが訪れた時は,その他の観光客が居らず,モノレール(トロッコ)で鍾乳洞入口まで上り,係員の方の説明をいただきながら,二人だけ...

  • Niukawakami Jinja Kamisha Shrine
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    9 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Yoshinogunkawakamimura Sako 869-1
    This shrine enshrines Takaokami-no-Okami, a Shinto dragon god said to control water and rain. It is famous for the more than 10 sekibo (stone phallic rods) of about 30 cm in length, thought to have been part of a ritual site from the Jomon period (circa 2000 BC), that were excavated at the shrine. The shrine is known to have been a key ritual site from the second half of the Nara period to the first half of the Heian period, making it a highly historically valuable shrine.

    駐車場も便利なところにあり、あまり歩かずに参拝できました。比較的新しい天空の神社という感じでした。ダム建設のため小高いところに移転したとのことでした。ここから見る風景は思ったよりすごくて秘境感がありました。

  • Niu-Kawakami Jinja Shrine (Middle Shrine)
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    7 Reviews
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    Nara Yoshino-gun Higashi-yoshinomura Omura 968
    A shrine along the Omata-Ogawa Line road in Higashi-yoshino Village, Yoshino County. The principal enshrined deity is Mizuhanome-no-kami, a goddess of irrigation and rain. On the grounds is the thousand-year-old Kanae no Osugi cedar tree as well as the twin Aioi no Sugi cedar tree which embodies the virtue of happy marriage.

    各神社への所要時間は下社-中社が45分、上社-中社も45分程度でした。下社-中社ですと70分から80分かかるのではないでしょうか?。これだけ離れた関連神社を巡るの初めてでした。どれも秘境感あふれる場所にあるので、ドライブがてら巡るのがよろしいのではと思います。

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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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