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  • Horyu-ji Temple
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    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. 

    Got there early expecting to see crowds waiting to get in, but not so. Maybe the 1,500 Yen price tag may have scared some off. Buses do go from Nara station, but pretty irregularly, so try the train...

  • Shigisan Chogosonshi-ji Temple
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    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.
  • Isonokami Jingu Shrine
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    94 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Tenrishi Furuchou 384
    A Shinto shrine located in Furu Town, Tenri City, Nara Prefecture. The head patron shrine of the Mononobe clan, it is also one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan. The front shrine, said to have been donated by Emperor Shirakawa in 1081, and the Nanatsu-Saya-no-Tachi (Seven-Branched Sword), believed to be made in 369 and the same mentioned in the ancient Nihon shoki, are both National Treasures.

    The Nihon Shoki and the Kojiki mentions the Isnokami Jingu together with Ise Jingu Shrine (aka Isonomiya Shrine); the two are the Japan's first Shinto shrines. Isnokami Jingu is also considered to...

  • Hozan-ji Temple (Shoten-san)
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    Nara Pref. Ikomashi Monzenchou 1-1
    The head temple of Shingon Risshu Buddhism, the Hozan-ji is located in Monzen Town, Ikoma City, Nara Prefecture and was founded in 1678 by Tankai. A figure of Daishokangiten is enshrined in the Shotendo hall as the temple’s tutelary god; worshipped by people seeking benefits in the present world, Daishokangiten is also known as “Ikoma Shoten-san,” the god of prosperous business. The main temple building, the oldest structure on the temple grounds, houses the temple’s principal object of worship, a wooden figure of Acala designated an Important Cultural Property. Some of the temple’s many highlights include the Shishi-kaku, a Western-style building erected in the Meiji period, and the Hanya-kutsu cave, where the mystic En no Ozuno (shaman) made offerings of the Widsom Sutras. A Kangiten temple festival is held every 1st and 16th of the month, and this event is attended by numerous worshipers seeking benefits in this life.

    奈良県生駒市にある宝山寺(ほうざんじ)は、江戸時代に開山し、商売の神として大阪商人の信仰を集め、京都の皇室や徳川将軍家の祈願もありました。現在でも年間300万人の参拝客を集めています^o^ Houzanji in Ikoma-city, Nara Prefecture, opened in 1678 in the Edo period and gathered the faith of the...

  • Mt. Shigi
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    Nara Pref. Ikomagunhegurichou Shigisan
    "Mt. Shigi is a mountain situated close to the boundary between Osaka Prefecture and Nara Prefecture that is closely associated with Shotoku Taishi (Prince Shotoku). According to tradition, while the Prince was engaged in a punitive expedition against Mononobe Moriya, the Buddhist deity Bishamonten (Vaisravana) appeared to him and taught him a secret method for securing victory. The name ""Mt. Shigi"" derives from the subsequent belief that the mountain where this event took place deserved to be trusted and revered. Mt. Shigi has two peaks: Otake, the northern peak, is 437 meters high, while Metake, the southern peak, is 400.5 meters high. The mountain is relatively easy to climb, and has been included in the list of the ""Top 100 Best Mountains to Visit in Nara Prefecture."" On the southern slopes of Mt. Shigi there is the Chogosonshi-ji Temple, a Buddhist temple belonging to the Shigisan Shingon sect that is dedicated to Bishamonten; the Temple is famous as a great place for viewing autumn foliage."
  • Horin-ji Temple
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    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),
  • Chogakuji Temple
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    Nara Pref. Tenrishi Yanagimotochou 508
    This ancient Buddhist temple is said to have been built on the grounds of Yamato-jinja Shrine by the great priest Kukai at the request of Emperor Junna in 824. Once a mighty temple with 48 sub-temples and over 300 priests, the Chogaku-ji declined after experiencing a fire due to war as well as the anti-Buddhist sentiment of the Meiji period. The temple’s belfry gate, a designated Important Cultural Property, is the oldest in Japan and the only extant structure from the time of its founding. The temple’s spacious 40 thousand square meter grounds are planted with cherries, camellias, azaleas, and Japanese maple, and are famous both for flower viewing and enjoying autumn foliage. The Chogakuji is also the 19th station on the 25 Flower Temples of Kansai Pilgrimage.
  • Hokki-ji Temple
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    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.
  • Tenri Municipal Kurozuka Kofun Museum
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    Nara Pref. Tenrishi Yanagimotochou 1118-2
    This museum is situated in Yanagimoto Town, Tenri City, Nara Prefecture. It is focused on the “Kurozuka Kofun”, keyhole-shaped tomb, from which a number of artifacts were excavated, including the 33-sided “Sankakuen shinjukyo” bronze mirror excavated in 1998, which has the most sides of any bronze mirror discovered in Japan. Inside, you’ll find a replica of the tomb’s pit rock chamber as well as replicas of the artifacts. There are also many materials and panel displays on the Kofun period, the Kurozuka Kofun, and the excavations. The view of the rock chamber from the second-floor stairwell is breathtaking.

    黒塚古墳のすぐ横にあるガイダンス施設です 原寸大の竪穴式石室が復元されていて、三角縁 神獣鏡が置かれていた状態がよくわかります ボランティアの方が詳しく説明してくれます 周辺にはたくさんの古墳がありますので併せて 廻ってみて下さい

  • Keiko Tennoryo
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    Nara Pref. Tenrishi Shibutanichou
    This keyhole-shaped tomb is about 300 meters long and has a circumference of about one kilometer, making it the eighth-largest such tomb in Japan. It is believed to have been constructed in the latter half of the fourth century and authorized by Emperor Keiko, the 12th emperor.
  • Tomb of Emperor Sujin
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    Nara Pref. Tenrishi Yanagimotochou
    The Andon-yama Ancient Tomb at the mausoleum of 10th Emperor Sujin is one of the Yanagimoto ancient tombs. It is a keyhole-shaped tumulus of a length of 242 meters. It is thought to have been built in the first half of the 4th century, with beautiful sloping ridges.
  • Ikaruga Cultural Property Utilization Center
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    Nara Pref. Ikomagunikarugachou Houryujinishi 1-11-14
    This is a cultural property examination and research center located in Horyuji-nishi 1-chome, Ikaruga Town. It spreads information regarding the preservation and display of cultural properties, and promotes the study of the Fujinoki Tumulus and Ikaruga's history through images and exhibits of Fujinoki Tumulus burial accessory replicas.

    藤の木古墳の副葬品のレプリカや発掘時の映像を見せていただきました。映像は20分位、発掘の状況や当時の担当者へのインタビューなどが中心ですが当時の緊迫感が分かります。ここは単に古墳の紹介だけなのか、研究もしているのか分かりませんが後者ならば古代歴史の解明を期待したいものです。入場料は無料です。

  • Shigi Ikoma Skyline Drive
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    Nara Pref. Ikomashi Tawaraguchichou 2116
    Shigi-Ikoma Skyline Drive is a toll road that runs north-south for the entire 20.9 kilometer length from Mt. Shigi and Mt. Ikoma. The road is famous for affording views of the Osaka area and the city of Ikoma, among other things, and there are observation points and parking spots scattered along the way that allow motorists to enjoy nighttime views. The best spot for viewing sunsets is the appropriately named Yuhi (“Sunset”) Parking Lot near the Shotenguchi Toll Booth.
  • Agricultural Park Shigisan Nodoka Mura
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    Nara Pref. Ikomagunsangouchou Shigiminamihata 1-7-1
    Visitors to this agricultural park can spend the whole day here while enjoying nature in the seasonal ingredient hunts, the barbeque area, restaurant experience classes and athletics, and so much more. The fruit and vegetables cultivated in Shigisan Nodoka Mura are also a welcome sight, as they are produced using safe and reassuring pesticide-reduced cultivation, which is approved by Eco Farmers. The Tenku Tamago-kake Gohan, which uses fresh eggs collected from free-range chickens, is also very popular. The park is located approximately 30 minutes by car from the Daini Hanna Toll Road’s Ichibu Interchange.

    This place is fantastic, and would be great for families with children, couples or anyone interested in delicious produce:BBQ facilities, a large open grass space, various petting zoos, lots of nice...

  • Horyu-ji Temple i Center
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    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.

  • Yatogi-jinja Shrine
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    Nara Pref. Tenrishi Otogichou
    This is a Shinto shrine in Otogi-cho, Tenri City. At this shrine, the four gods, Takemikazuchi no Mikoto, Himegami, Futsunushi no Kami, and Amenokoyane no Mikoto are enshrined. The thatched roof of the hall of worship is rare and an uncommon type of Shinto architecture in the area.
  • Ikoma Cable Car
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    Nara Pref. Ikomashi Motomachi 1-10-1
    This is a cable car that runs through Ikoma City, Nara Prefecture. The cable car runs from Toriimae Station, a three-minute walk from Ikoma Station, to Hosenji Station where visitors transfer to Ikoma-sanjo Station. The journey is approximately 16 minutes one way. The cable car is often used to visit Ikomasanjo Amusement Park, only a short walk from Ikoma-sanjo Station. The four types of cars decorated wholly as characters are something to talk about.
  • Fujinoki Tomb
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    Nara Pref. Ikomagunikarugachou Houryujinishi 2-1
    This is a historic site west of Horyu-ji Temple in Ikaruga Town. The large round burial mound is 48 meters in diameter, however it is unknown who is entombed here. The archaeological artifacts discovered in excavations conducted in 1985 and 1988 include stone coffins, earthenware and gold and copper horse riding gear which are designated as Important Cultural Property. These artifacts are kept in the Museum, Archaeological Institute of Kashihara.
  • Kichiden-ji Temple
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    Nara Pref. Ikomagunikarugachou Koyoshida 1-1-23
    This is a temple in Koyoshida, Ikaruga Town. The main principal of worship at the temple is called Joroku Amidanyorai and is 4.8 meters tall. It is the largest of its type in Nara prefecture. It is said if you pray to this principal you can die quickly without causing trouble to anyone, and because of this, it is also called the Pokkuri Temple.

    昔、TVドラマの”極楽家族”で出てきたお寺かと思い込んで訪れてみたところ、同じくぽっくり往生のご利益があると伝わる別のお寺でした。 地元では前の住職が長患いしているとの噂もあり、ご利益があるかはわかりませんが、ほとんど来訪者もいないとても静かなお寺で癒されました。 大きな桜の木があるので、開花している時期に訪れるのが最適かもしれません。

  • Nenbutsu-ji Temple
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    Nara Pref. Tenrishi Nakayamachou 401
    This temple carries a unique legend that differs from generally excepted historical fact. In it, it is said that Tokugawa Ieyasu narrowly avoided death after being defeated in Yamashiro Province by the army of Sanada Yukimura during the Winter Siege of Osaka in 1614 by escaping to Nara and hiding at the temple inside of an Okeya no Hitsugi (cooper's coffin). The temple is lined with numerous and diverse stone monuments and Buddhist images, including a large Muromachi- period image of the K?itigarbha and the grave of Matsudaira Sadakatsu, giving the temple grounds an atmosphere reminiscent of a hidden temple. The main temple gate is clearly marked with the Tokugawa family crest.

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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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