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Spots in Ikaruga / Ikoma Area

  • Kerinosu Gallery Café
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    3.0
    1 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Ikomashi Monzenchou 23-5
    This gallery café is located in the center of Monzen-cho, Ikoma City, which lies beside Mount Ikoma. In addition to desserts, the lunch menu is full of dishes with organically produced vegetables. There are also various events held here, such as watercolor painting classes and painting classes conducted in English.

    ランチに伺いました。無農薬の野菜を調理したランチ。肉や魚は使っていませんが、 出汁には使っているそうです。 ベジタリアンにはボリュームもあり食べごたえがあります。 マクロビの人も出汁の材料にこだわらなければ美味しく頂けます。

  • Shigi Ikoma Skyline Drive
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • MAHO-ROBA
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Ikomashi Ogurajichou 569-5
    This restaurant is located in Oguraji-cho, Ikoma City. It serves course meals (reservation required), primarily consisting of seasonal vegetables, during both day and night. There is also a café menu available from 2 p.m., which does not require a reservation. The restaurant also offers lunch delivery and catering services, which must be booked in advance.
  • Agricultural Park Shigisan Nodoka Mura
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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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    4.0
    32 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.

  • Bread Cafe Aiteomoi
    Shopping
    Nara Pref. Ikomagunikarugachou Houryuji 2-9-10
    This is a cafe / bakery in Horyu-ji Temple in Ikaruga. Customers have a choice of enjoying the breads in the cafe or to take home. The cafe, offers a morning plate dish and lunch set menus such as Aite-omoi lunch, Tatsuta-age fried fish or meat lunch and Tatsuta-age fried burger, served with bread or rice and two small side dishes. All these dishes can be enjoyed with organic coffee.
  • Cafe Chandeleur
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Ikomagunikarugachou Okidome 5-5-22
    This cafe is located on the Prefectural Route 5 in Okidome, Ikaruga Town. For lunch the cafe offers pizzas, pasta, and roast beef made with domestically grown beef. A course menu or an a la carte menu is available for dinner and all are additive and artificial color free. In the salon next to the cafe visitors can choose from a variety of courses such as body care, massages and mugwort saunas. The salon also offers a relaxation school.
  • Tamura Mitarashi Store
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    4.0
    4 Reviews
    Shopping
    Nara Pref. Ikomagunikarugachou Houryujiminami 1-6-23
    This is a Mitarashi dumpling specialty shop on the south side of Horyu-ji Temple in Ikaruga Town. The simply seasoned dumplings with a blend of two types of soy sauce are popular. Visitors can enjoy freshly made dumplings as each dumpling is made to order.

    法隆寺の帰りに寄りました。近くに道しるべがあったので、おそらく旧街道筋にあるお店なのでしょう。実際には、住宅街の中にあるのでわかりにくいですね。店内に入って注文しますがEat-inスペースはありません。屋台のようにお持ち帰りのみ。1本70円で3本頼んで、焼き立ての団子を店前でいただきました。懐かしい醤油味のシンプルな団子はおいしかったです。

  • Yatogi-jinja Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    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
    Travel / Tourism
    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
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Genmai-an
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    4.5
    8 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Ikomagunikarugachou Houryujihigashi 1-3-24
    This is a Japanese restaurant on the east side of Horyu-ji Temple in Ikaruga Town on the Prefectural Route 9. The restaurant is a traditional wooden building made with Kumano Cedar. It serves brown rice and brown rice mochi-rice cake cooked in a cedar stove with dishes that have been seasoned with naturally fermented condiments. The restaurant offers a small side dish set and steamed vegetable course (reservations are required three days in advance). Guests can also enjoy desserts such as sweet red bean paste served with brown rice mochi rice cakes as well as an Irori sunken fireplace course (dinner is available from four people and reservations are required three days in advance).

    We went here for lunch after visiting Horyuji and it was amazing. The food was delicious and the presentation was beautiful. It’s also impossible to imagine better service. My sone accidentally...

  • Kichiden-ji Temple
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    4.0
    7 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • hygge
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    5.0
    1 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Ikomashi Nishimatsugaoka 7-1
    This warm and relaxing cafe is a place for people to enjoy hand-made muffins and finely-crafted drinks. Each sweet are made carefully and respectively by hand. In addition to their muffins, their chocolate cake and seasonal cheesecakes are also popular.

    とても分かりにくい場所にありますが、花と緑に囲まれたお気に入りのカフェの一つです。 インテリアが素敵です。 スイーツはどれも美味しいですが、マフィンが特に美味しいです。

  • Kuragari Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Prefecture Ikoma-shi, Osaka-fu Higashi Osaka-shi
    This mountain pass, a Nara Prefecture Landscape Heritage, has long been known as the road taken from Osaka to Nara or to Ise Grand Shrine by people on pilgrimages. The path is lined with stone monuments and still has its original cobbled road surface. It is also famous for the poetry written by Matsuo Basho while he walked there. The name Kuragari (darkness) comes from how dimly lit the path is even during the day due to the shade of thick tree coverage.
  • Momonoo-no-Taki Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Pref. Tenrishi Takimotochou
    This 23 meter-tall waterfall is one of the largest that lies along the Kasuga fault scarp. Long beloved by locals as Furu no Taki, the falls are a popular place to escape the summer heat. The falls are also famous for the Fudo Sanzon Magaibutsu carved into a stone wall on the left side of the plunge pool. This image of the Fudo Trinity is considered to be an excellent example of mid-Kamakura period Buddhist wall carving.
  • Tatsutataisha Shrine
    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.
  • Shigisan Senjuin Temple
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    4.0
    13 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Pref. Ikomagunhegurichou Shigisan 2280
    This venerable sub-temple, the oldest in the Mt. Shigi area, was founded in the late Heian period. The temple's Gomado (Homa ritual hall), built by the famed Buddhist priest Myoren Shonin, is where the temple conducts its bishamon goma (Vaisravana homa) prayer rituals. Its Zenigamedo (Baby Turtle Hall) enshrines Zenigame Zenshin, a deity said to grant luck with money and other matters. The Kannon-do (Kannon Hall), which enshrines the temple's Juichimen (11-headed) Kannon statue said to answer prayers for conception and easy childbirth, is one of the temple's highlights.

    My husband and I stayed at the Senju-in temple in early June 2018 and it was the highlight of our trip! Truly a travel experience like nothing before! The monks were so kind and welcoming! There was...

  • Lucky Garden
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Ikomashi Onitorichou 168
    First opened in 1999, this restaurant is divided up into three areas, the Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) Area, where guests can take their time to enjoy a meal, the Hitsuji (Sheep) Area, where you can meet and pet animals in a natural setting, and the Yamagoya (Mountain Hut) Area, a gallery used to host various exhibits and events. In the Sakura Area, course meals are available for both lunch and dinner. Their special vegetable dishes only available on nights with full moons are also popular. The Hitsuji Area offers special plates, soup sets, and more.

    なかなか行きづらい道のりですが、森の中のレストランは雰囲気が良いです。 ランチの利用が断然オススメです!

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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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