Spots in Ikaruga / Yamatokoriyama Area

  • Tsubosaka-dera Temple (Minami Hokkeji Temple)
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    4.0
    63 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Takaichi-gun Takatori Cho
    This old Shingon sect Buddhist temple, known as the sixth temple on the Saigoku Thirty-three Kannon Temples Pilgrimage, is said to have been built in 703. The eleven-faced, thousand-armed Kannon (Bodhisattva or Goddess of Mercy) enshrined there as the honzon (principal object of worship) has a miraculous effect on eye disease, and attracts a great many worshippers from across the country. The three-storied pagoda and Reido have been designated as National Important Cultural Properties.

    An invitation from a monk brought me to Tsubosaka Temple. I was not disappointed. My guide told me many of the folklore stories about the temple and its creation and the significance of many of the...

  • Chugu-ji Temple
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    142 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Ikoma-gun Ikarugacho Horyuji Kita 1-1-2
    "This Buddhist temple is affiliated with Prince Shotoku and is also the oldest Buddhist convent in Japan. Today, the temple adjoins the Horyuji's Eastern Precinct, but it is said to have originally been built opposite the Horyuji to the west with Prince Shotoku's Ikaruganomiya palace in between. Particularly worthy of seeing is the temple's wooden statue depicting a bodhisattva in the half-lotus position. One of only a very few such statues making use of the so-called ""archaic smile,"" some count it alongside the Sphinx and the Mona Lisa as one of the three great smiling artworks of the world. A replica of the Tenjukoku Shucho Mandala, the oldest work of embroidery art in Japan and a designated National Treasure, is enshrined in the main temple building."

    This old temple is adjacent to Horyuji’s Yumedono, and you you hold the ticket for Horyuji, you can get a discount for admission. In this temple, there is a famous Miroku Buddha, which is designated...

  • Koriyama Castle remains
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    101 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Pref. Yamatokoriyamashi Jounaichou
    The site of Koriyama Castle, which was built by Tsutsui Junkei in 1580 and later served as the seat of power for famous daimyo lords from the Toyotomi and Matsudaira clans. After the Meiji Restoration, the majority of the castle’s structures were demolished, but the inner moat and stone wall in the central area around the main castle keep and Bishamon gate still remain in good condition today. The Otemon gate was rebuilt in 1983 and the castle keep pedestal in 2017. The area around the castle site has been turned into a historical park. The site is also famous for its cherry blossoms in spring and bustles with visitors come to view them, especially during the Yamato Koriyama Castle Festival held at the same time.

    We visited the castle in the evening to enjoy the night view of cherry blossoms (sakura) with colourful lights. The scenery was pretty and peaceful. There were numerous food stalls selling tasty...

  • Nara Prefectural Umami Kyuryo Park
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    51 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nara Kitakatsuragi-gun
    A park sitting astride Koryo-cho and Kawai-cho, Kitakatsuragi County. The park is dotted with ancient burial mounds and equipped with large fields, large play areas, a botanical garden, and a cafe. A variety of flowers bloom throughout the seasons including plum trees, roses, and azaleas, and in April they hold the Umami Tulip Fair.

    第8回馬見チューリップフェア(4月3日-11日)直前(3月29日)に訪問しましたが 《桜》と《チューリップ》を十分に楽しむこと出来ました。 こちらのチューリップは 関西最大級(60万株)で 単にチューリップ畑の規模だけを比較すると [砺波(富山)]に負けますが 園内のあちこちで《チューリップ》に加え《桜》を重ねた景観に会え 印象的です。 更に[中央口]に近い[睡蓮の池]周囲に《桜》の木が...

  • Taimadera Temple
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    4.5
    78 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Pref. Katsuragishi Taima 1263
    Taimadera Temple boasts a 1,400-year history. Maroko Shinno, the younger brother of Prince Shotoku, founded it in 612 during the reign of Emperor Suiko. It is said that it was dismantled, moved from Kawachi to the Taima area, and rebuilt during the Asuka Period (538–710). Among the long-standing objects of deep veneration are a National Treasure, the Taima Mandala, on which Chujo Hime (Hojo), the daughter of Fujiwara no Toyonari, is said to have embroidered an image of the Pure Land of Paradise with thread made from lotus fibers after receiving the blessing of the bodhisattva Kannon, along with an image of “Kannon the Guide,” Chujo Hime’s guardian deity. It is a famous site for viewing flowers, especially peonies.

    Some people are temple maniacs. Myself, if you have seen one, youve basically seen them all. But this one is near my house, so for spring photography, the starting point for mountain hikes, or for...

  • Horyu-ji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Pref. Ikomagunikarugachou Houryujisannai 1-1
    This is a temple inside Horyuji-Sannai, Ikaruga Town. It was established in 607 by Prince Shotoku and Empress Suiko, and the current temple building is celebrated as one of the world's oldest wooden structures and Japan's first World Heritage Site. Inside the grounds are 55 pieces of architecture designated as National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties, and in the Daihozoin (Great Treasure Hall) are stored a great many important treasures from the Asuka period.
  • Hokki-ji Temple
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    77 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Pref. Ikomagunikarugachou Okamoto 1873
    A Buddhist temple which is said to have once been the Okamoto no Miya palace where Prince Shotoku read the Lotus Sutra and later remodeled into a temple per Shotoku’s will by Prince Yamashiro no oe . It is considered one of the seven temples erected by Prince Shotoku. The only original structure left standing is the three-tier pagoda, which is believed to have been completed in 706; 24 meters tall, it is Japan’s oldest.

    Hoji-ji is not as much known as Horyuji, but it is also on the list of world cultural heritage. The view of the pagoda over a pond is photogenic. From JR Yamato Koizumi station, you can walk.

  • Jikoin Temple
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    4.5
    32 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Pref. Yamatokoriyamashi Koizumichou 865
    This is a temple in Koizumi Town, Yamatokoriyama City. The father of Sekishu style tea ceremony and the second lord of the Koizumi clan built this family temple in 1663 in honor of his father. This is an unusual temple that has been built as a tea room. The garden was designated as a place of scenic beauty and the tea room and the drawing room are registered as National Treasures.

    2019月12月にツアーで訪れました。出していただいたお抹茶を飲みながら住職の楽しいお話を聞き、日本庭園を堪能しました。お抹茶をとても美味しく感じたのも、住職のお話がとても良かったからだと思います。 こちらのお庭には、素晴らしい松の木があります。まるで大きな盆栽のようで、しばし見とれました。 Beautiful Japanese garden and very good...

  • "Roadside Station Futakami Park Taima ""Taima no Ie"""
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    3.5
    27 Reviews
    Transportation
    Nara Pref. Katsuragishi Shinzaike 402-1
    This roadside station located near Futakami Furusato Park in Shinzaike, Katsuragi City features a number of different attractions. This includes a shop offering local produce and products, Hinohikari brand-name rice, handmade bread and cakes, and more, as well as restaurant offering set meals. The station also offers hands-on experiences including potato harvesting and making tofu, bread, and other foods by hand (Reservation required).

    Good for young kids to play in the park. Or couples to chat. It has a highway rest area feel to it, but with an extensive park. There are also some stairs, about 400 steps, that leads up to a nice...

  • Roadside Station Yoshinoji Oyodo i Center
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    25 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

  • Horyu-ji Temple i Center
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    51 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Pref. Ikomagunikarugachou Houryuji 1-8-25
    This is an information center at the entrance of the road approaching the Horyu-ji Temple. It provides tourist information and information about Horyu-ji Temple, as well as the history and culture of the local Ikaruga-no-Sato area. The center houses a display of a miniature model of the Horyu-ji Temple, and has an information counter and a multipurpose room.

    Our free guide was well known there, I think they offer different tours, a completely genuine place, they even kept our luggage for free.

  • Horin-ji Temple
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    45 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Pref. Ikomagunikarugachou Mi 1570
    A Buddhist temple located in Mii, Ikaruga Town. Founded in the Asuka period, the temple is said to have been erected by Prince Yamashiro no oe, son of Prince Shotoku. No structures from the time of the temple’s foundings remain today. The temple’s three-tier pagoda, designated a National Treasure in the Meiji period, burned down after a lightning strike in 1944; it was rebuilt in 1975. The temple houses numerous precious Buddhist statues designated as Important Cultural Properties, including an Asuka period seated statue of Yakushi Nyorai (Healing Buddha),

    After I visited Horyuji, I walked to Horinji. It takes maybe 20 minutes, and it is very pleasant to walk by watching a rustic landscape. Unfortunately, the pagoda of Horinji is a reconstruction in...

  • Mt. Nijo
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    4.5
    29 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Katsuragi-shi , Osaka Minamikawachi-gun Taishicho , Nara Kashiba-shi
    A mountain in the Northwestern part of the Nara Basin that straddles Katsuragi City, Nara Prefecture and Taish Towni, Minamikawachi County, Osaka. Mt. Nijo has two peaks, Odake standing at 515 meters, and Medake standing at 474 meters. At the peak of Odake is the grave of Prince Otsu, the son of Emperor Tenmu who was killed on allegations of rebellion.

    Fom the Futakami Park area the hike to the top of Mt. Nijo is about an hour. Rather relaxing, though at times a rather strenuous hike. The trails arent that easy to follow. And the trail that...

  • Niji no Yu Nishiyamato Branch
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    3.5
    17 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nara prefecture Kitatsukarijo District Kamakami-machi Sayuri Tables 3-1-1
    This hot spring spa, sourced by a natural hot spring 1500 meters underground, is popular for its kakureyu (hidden bath), clay pot baths, and cave bath. The spa's non-bathing facilities include a barber shop, massage parlor, akasuri (body scrub) parlor, and beauty salon, while their restaurant offers a broad selection of food options. The spa hosts monthly events, which is sure to make it your favorite hot spring destination.

    Hot Spring - or known as Onsen in Japanese - should definitely be in your bucket list. I traveled here last winter, and I personally think there is no problem with this onsen. The place is great, the...

  • Karako-Kagi Ruins
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nara Shiki-gun Tawaramotocho Karako 50-2
    An archeological site in Karako, Tawaramoto Town, Shiki County. These village remains, believed to have existed for around 700 years from the early Yayoi-period, have been designated a historical Japanese landmark. The site is maintained as a public park and includes a viewing deck, open area, and archeological information center.
  • Kamokimi no Yu
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    17 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nara Gose-shi
    A hot spring bathhouse in Iuka, Gose City. The baths are fed by the Katsuraginogo Kamokimi no Yu, a sodium bicarbonate chloride hot spring, which is said to help with nerve pain, joint pain, chronic digestive illnesses, sensitivity to cold, and chronic skin diseases as well as aiding in recovering mind and body and promoting general health. They offer two separate indoor bathhouses and outdoor baths that swap genders daily as well as a variety of tubs. They also have restaurants, massage salon, and karaoke.

    奈良県御所市、国道24号線沿いにある、おそらく公営の日帰り温泉施設です。 2019年7月から、2本ある源泉の内、1本が不調との表示がありました。露天風呂に1浴槽に黄土色濁りの湯が張られていましたが、非常に強い消毒臭が感じられました。湧出量が少なく、長期間使い回しているのでしょうか。

  • Shigisan Chogosonshi-ji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Pref. Ikomagunhegurichou Shigisan 2280-1
    This is a temple constructed by Prince Shotoku in the latter half of the fifth century, which stands at an elevation of 437 meters halfway up Mt. Shigi. There is a legend that Mt. Shigi originated when, on the hour of Tiger (around 4:00 a.m.) of the day of Tiger of the year of Tiger, the deity Bishamonten (guardian god of Buddhism) appeared and gave the prince the divine protection , thanks to the Bishamonten the Prince enshrined it. So the temple took the tiger as its guardian deity and is decorated here and there with papier tigers. In cherry blossom season over 2,000 stone lanterns light up the cherry trees at night, and in the autumn the whole mountain is colored with close to 1,000 trees changing their leaves.
  • Matsuo-dera Temple
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    25 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Pref. Yamatokoriyamashi Yamadachou 683 Matsuozan
    This principal object of worship of this temple, Japan's oldest yakuyoke reijo (spiritual place for warding off evil and misfortune) is the Senju Sengan Kannon Bosatsu, which has one thousand hands and one thousand eyes. During holidays such as the annual hatsumode (the first shrine visit of New Year), the Yakuyoke Festival held every February to March, and every hatsuuma (the first horse day in any lunar month), numerous people visit the temple from all across Japan for its Matsuno Osan Mairi, a prayer to ward off evil and misfortune.

    This is a good place to start the long distance hike along the side of Mt Ikoma which passes several old temples on the way. Matsuodera is a bit of a climb from sea level. Impossible for most cycles...

  • Tatsutataisha Shrine
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    19 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Pref. Ikomagunsangouchou Tatsunominami 1-29-1
    This shrine was said to have been established nearly 2,100 years ago during the reign of Emperor Sujin, Japan's 10th emperor. It enshrines the Shinto gods Ame no Mihashira and Kuni no Mihashira. These tutelary deities of the air control everything between heaven and earth, namely the atmosphere, the breath of life, and the wind. The shrine's annual events, such as the Daidonto Festival and Setsubun (the ceremonial beginning of spring) are very popular.

    A beautiful shrine with thousands of stone candles that are light 3x per year. Also a peaceful ambiance with beautiful wisteria hangings.

  • Futakamiyama Furusato Park
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    18 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nara Pref. Katsuragishi Shinzaike 492-1
    This is a nature park at the foot of Mt. Nijyo, a mountain with two peaks, commonly referred to as “male” and “female.” It is a lovely, peaceful park, with flowers blooming throughout in all seasons. There is a grassy meadow suitable for picnicking in the middle of the park. In the eastern part is Wanpaku Plaza, an area wiih large numbers of wooden playground equipment, and to the west is an observation deck. These features make the park a popular spot for families.

    公園の中にとても傾斜のある長い階段があります。運動したい人にとってはとてもいい運動になります。営業時間があるので、夜などは入れません。

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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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