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Spots in Ikaruga / Ikoma Area

  • Oyamato-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Pref. Tenrishi Nizumichou 306
    This extremely old shrine had acquired a plot of land second only to Ise Jingu Shrine by the early Heian Period. It enshrines the Shinto deities Yamato no Okuni-mitama, Yachihoko no Okami, and Otoshi no Kami. It was also the guardian shrine of the Battleship Yamato. Because they shared the same name, part of the shrine's tutelary deities was enshrined in the ship through a Shinto ritual known as Bunrei. In 2018, the shrine's Chan-chan Festival was designated as a Prefectural Intangible Folk Cultural Property.

    有名な神社です。奈良県観光にはいれていただきたいです。参道も地元の方が綺麗に掃除していただけてるのでとても気分よくよい参拝になりました。

  • Shirakawa Dam
    Travel / Tourism
    Tenri City, Nara Prefecture
    Shirakawa Dam was constructed for flood control of the Takase River and Naragawa River basin and for irrigation of a 550-ha agricultural area. Reels and lures are prohibited, but Japanese crucian carp fishing is allowed from sunrise until 17:00 year-round. The area around the dam is a park with multipurpose sports fields and a gateball field.
  • Ikoma
    Transportation
    Nara Pref
  • Tenri
    Transportation
    Nara Pref
  • Higashiikoma
    Transportation
    Nara Pref
  • Shiraniwadai
    Transportation
    Nara Pref
  • Gakkenkitaikoma
    Transportation
    Nara Pref
  • Nikaido
    Transportation
    Nara Pref
  • Sango(Nara)
    Transportation
    Nara Pref
  • Minamiikoma
    Transportation
    Nara Pref
  • Higashiyama(Nara)
    Transportation
    Nara Pref
  • Senzai
    Transportation
    Nara Pref
  • Ichibu(Nara)
    Transportation
    Nara Pref
  • Tenri Yorodusodanshobyoin
    Life / Living / Hospital
    Nara Pref. Tenrishi Mishimachou 200
  • Meihan National Route Tenri IC Inbound Ent.
    Transportation
    Nara Tenri-shi Ichinomotocho
  • Kinki Daigaku Nara Hospital
    Life / Living / Hospital
    Nara Ikoma-shi Otodacho 1248-1
  • Chugu-ji Temple
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    4.0
    116 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.

    Y600 admission to view three beautiful old bhuddas and an embroidery, in a modern concrete monstrosity of a temple over a green foul smelling pond. Little else to redeem it!

  • Sango Town Water Park
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nara Ikoma-gun Sangocho Seya Nishi 1-2-4
    This pool complex is located inside Sango Town Sports Center a five-minute walk from Shigisanshita Station on the Kintetsu Ikoma Line. The indoor pool is heated with hot spring water from 650 meters underground and can be used year-round. It is well-suited for health-building activities such as water walking as well as for swimming practice. The outdoor pools are opened during the summer. They feature a water slide with a 15-meter drop, , a lazy river, and a kiddy pool, making it a popular destination for families.

    地下からくみ上げた温泉ならぬ冷泉のプールです。泳ぎながらもお肌に効く感じがします。 とても小さいのですが、サウナもあり気軽に行けるところがいいです。

  • Heguri Total Sports Center Water Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nara Ikoma-gun Heguricho Fuki 72 General Sports Center
    This outdoor pool is located at Heguri Total Sports Center about a 20-minute drive from Ichibu Interchange on the Daini Hanna Road. It features water slides that leverage the natural terrain, a 25-meter pool, and a lazy river which is especially popular. There are also a straight water slide for children and a kiddy pool, making it a great destination for families with small children. The water park’s shop offers light fare such as stir-fried noodles, french fries, and hot dogs.
  • Nara Prefectural Tatsuta Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nara Ikoma-gun Ikarugacho Inabakurumase 2-553
    A park in the south western part of Ikaruga Town, Ikoma County. The park covers 14 hectares and extends along nearly two kilometers of the Tatsuta River, famously mentioned in the Hyakunin Isshu collection of poems. Mt. Miuro in the park has long been a famous location to take in the changing autumn colors and in the spring you can enjoy the cherry blossoms.

Nara Main Areas

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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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