Leisure / Hobbies Spots in Asuka / Kashihara / Sakurai Area

  • Nara Prefectural Umami Kyuryo Park
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    4.0
    50 Reviews
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    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.

    馬見丘陵にある古墳群の保全も目的としている公園 なので園内には数多くの古墳があります ナガレ山古墳は葺石や埴輪など整備され墳丘部にも上ることができます

  • Uda Animal Park
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    4.5
    26 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Udashi Oudakoutsuke 75-1
    Uda Animal Park contains not only a community plaza but also an animal study center and a scenic viewing area. Visitors (subject to certain age limits) can milk cows, ride ponies, feed goats or sheep, and have other encounters with animals, as well as practicing crafts such as churning butter. They can view panel displays about animals, participate in question and answer sessions with Park employees, and enjoy other fun activities that teach them about animals.

    土曜日で多分混んでるかと思いきや、コロナウイルスの影響で、人影はまばらです。餌やり、有料の体験も全て中止です。一応一回りは見れます。チョツト物足りないけどノンビリ出来ました。駐車、入場料の無料は家族連れには良いですよ。コロナが治まつたら再訪します。

  • Futakamiyama Furusato Park
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
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    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。

  • Kashihara City Museum of Insects
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    3.5
    21 Reviews
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    Nara Kashihara-shi Minamiyamacho 624
    A museum in Minamiyama-cho, Kashihara City. On display are insect and fossil specimens and in the butterfly greenhouse you can observe butterflies from the Yaeyama region of Okinawa. Besides regular themed exhibitions, special events including observation parties are held to help you learn all about insects.

    Im not an insect enthusiast, but I was taken here as part of a tour. The butterfly greenhouse was the most interesting part; I also enjoyed the social interaction in making origami insects.

  • Murou Art Forest
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    4.5
    15 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Udashi Murou Miami 181
    This park is located in Murou, Uda City features a number of monuments created by Israeli sculptor Dani Karavan, known for his outdoor pieces that blend into the natural environment. This outdoor art gallery was intended to represent harmony with the surrounding nature.

    An hour drive from OSAKA or NARA, in the middle of a forest is the location of this unique Muro Art Forest. It is the size of 5 football fields surrounded by wonderful mountains and trees. In the...

  • Katsuragi Sanroku Park
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    4.5
    13 Reviews
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    Nara Katsuragi-shi Teraguchi 1563
    A park located in Teraguchi, Katsuragi City. The 12-hectare park's facilities include a grass lawn, gateball ground, playground, and multipurpose field which can be used for barbecuing. Visitors can also view seasonal flowers like cherry blossoms, azaleas, and rhododendrons.

    葛城山の躑躅は余りにも有名である。一目百万本とも云われる。 花が大好きな家人がぜひ見たいとゴールデンウイークに言い出した。 調べると五月の中旬から六月にかけてがピークらしい。ロープウェイは一時間待ちは普通。そこで高原ロッジに宿泊することにした。ところがこの時期は、七月まではすべて満室だという。仕方なく混雑を避けて早朝に出かけることにした。六時に家を出て九時にロープウェイの駐車場に着くとすでに車がい...

  • Katsuragi City Sumo Museum Kehayaza
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    3.5
    13 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Katsuragishi Taima 83-1
    This is a museum along Prefectural Route 160 in Taima, Katsuragi City. They display materials related to Taima no Kehaya, the founder of sumo wrestling. Inside the museum there is also a Dohyo (Sumo wrestling ring) of identical size to those used in official Sumo tournaments, and since visitors are free to climb up onto the ring, it is a popular place for Sumo fans. 

    The history and philosophy of Sumo is fully explained, before two sumo wrestlers engage in the “best of three” bouts. Then a bold volunteer from our group accepted the offer to challenge one of the...

  • Morino-Kyuyakuen Garden
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    3.5
    12 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Udashi Oudakamishin 1880
    Morino -Kyuyakuen Garden, located on the hill behind the longstanding “Morino Yoshino-kuzu Honpo” in Uda City, Nara Prefecture, opened in the Muromachi period. It is currently the oldest private herb garden in Japan. It was opened by 11th-generation Tosuke Morino in the Kyoho period and has been maintained for nearly 300 years. Uda has been known as a region famous for herbs for a long time, and there are approximately 250 types of herbs cultivated here as naturally as possible. The seasonal blossoms are gorgeous as well, delighting visitors year-round.

    大宇陀の重要伝統的建造物群保存地区の中のハイライトである。建物の裏手を登ると、広大な薬草園が広がっている。「八代将軍徳川吉宗が推進した薬種国産化政策の一端を担った。」とのことである。昔は期間限定の公開だった記憶だが、今は年間を通しての公開であり、300円の入館料で薬草リスト・園内の薬草マップ込みの案内資料をいただける。植物画「松山本草」は現物は大阪大学総合学術博物館にあって、展覧会もなかなか開催さ...

  • Kusuri no Yakata Uda City History and Culture Museum
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Udashi Oudakami 2003
    A museum housed inside the former residence of the Hosokawa family, which operated a medicinal wholesaler passed down for generations from 1806. The museum is located in Ouda, Uda City, Nara Prefecture. The building, standing along a former highway route, was built in the late Edo period; the sign for the former company’s medicine brand, Tenju-maru, still stands atop the building, and the structure still looks the same as when the area once flourished as a production location for medicines. Inside, the museum presents historical materials connected to the Hosokawa family and the local area. The building was also once the home of the mother’s side of the family of the founder of Fujisawa Pharmaceutical (which eventually merged with Yamanouchi Pharmaceutical to create Astellas Pharma), and the museum thus also exhibits materials related to Fujisawa Pharmaceutical.

    宇陀市の重要伝統的建造物群保存地区である宇陀松山にある建造物です。地区全体が江戸時代末期の建造物が並んでおり、風情があっていい感じです。

  • Kashihara Sports Park Swimming Pool
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    4.0
    8 Reviews
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    Nara Kashihara-shi Unatecho 323-2
    An outdoor pool located inside the Kashihara Sports Park in Unate Town, Kashihara City that is open during the summer season. They offer a variety of pools including a regulation 50 meter pool usable for athletic meets, a 25m pool, a lazy river, and a children-oriented pool with various playing equipment. They also have three types of water slide including an almost 20-meter tall jumbo slide.

    いわゆる市民公園で、地方にしては、充実した施設のようでした。あまり長居しなかったので、詳細は不明ですが、観光地ではないかと思います。

  • Sakurai City Center for Archaeological Operations
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    3.0
    6 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Sakuraishi Shiba 58-2
    This public facility is in Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture, said to be the place where the Yamato Court originated and home to many historical cultural artifacts. Research findings and exhibitions on various items excavated from within Sakurai City are kept and displayed here. The permanent exhibits focus on items excavated in 1971 onward and introduce the history of the Sakurai region from the Paleolithic period to the Asuka and Nara periods. Exhibits focused on special topics and research themes are hosted in collaboration with various museums and archives as well.

    2018年に2月に訪問した時は、古墳時代の外来土器の展示をしていました。ユニークな形の土器も色々あり、こんなに綺麗に保存されていると、驚かされたものもありました。出展数は少ないですが、見学料200円なので、価値はありました。

  • Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties Exhibition Room of Fujiwara Imperial Site
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    4.0
    4 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Kashiharashi Kinomotochou 94-1
    The Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties Exhibition Room of Fujiwara Imperial Site, which is open the public, displays the findings of surveys and research conducted by the institute. Its focus is primarily on findings regarding Fujiwara-kyo, one of Japan's ancient imperial capitals, as well as Fujiwara Palace. It contains easy-to-understand exhibits on how Fujiwara-kyo was built, what it was like, how it transformed into a farming village after the capital moved to Heijo-kyo (Nara), and how it was excavated after being buried underground for centuries. The facility also features outdoor exhibits for guests to enjoy.

    藤原宮跡と大和三山の一つ香久山の間にある藤原京に関する資料館です。発掘された土器やミニチュアの建物、当時の人々の食事などが展示されています。館内はそう広く有りませんが、無料で学ぶことが出来ます。

  • Okukochi Autocamp Sun Village
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    Nara Pref. Udagunsonimura Imai 911-1
    This auto camp is located at the foot of Mt. Kabuto, a nationally designated Natural Monument. The camp has an abundant range of facilities including camping sites, cottages, bungalows, a barbeque pavilion, and a multipurpose building. The campsite's lush location is surrounded by great natural beauty, including the Soni Highland, notable for its fields of susuki grass, and the sides of the Kochidani Valley. Reservations are accepted from up to three months in advance (starting from 10:00 a.m.).
  • Suiheisha History Museum
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    5.0
    1 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Goseshi Kashihara 235-2
    This museum on the history of the Suiheisha (All-Japan Society for Legal Equality) was built in Kashihara, Gose City, the site of the society's founding and the spiritual home of the human rights movement in Japan. It serves as a base for the dissemination of information on human rights towards a goal of eliminating all kinds of discrimination. The museum's first floor features an information board of local sites related to human rights. There, visitors can learn about the origins and activism of the Suiheisha. The second floor is the museum's main exhibit hall, which hosts a number of special exhibits.

    部落解放運動の原点となった,水平社のことがわかる博物館です。 差別されていたとされる穢多非人(えたひにん)の実態については,学者間で異論があるようです。 非人は,水平社出現のころには消滅していたようですが,水平社は,非人には興味が無いようです。 この博物館では,穢多の解放を目指した水平社関係の,解放運動にたずさわった人たちの活動について,伝えることを主としています。 それらの解説をただしく理解する...

  • Uda City Heisei Haibara Kodomo no Mori Park
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
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    2107-4 Haibara Hakomi, Uda, Nara Prefecture
    This park is popular with children for its dinosaur-themed playground equipment that stretches over 400 meters. The spacious park also has a campground and a cookout area. It also hosts a variety of fun events including tea parties, park guide training courses, family stone oven baking classes, and more. The park also has areas where guests can engage in water play when it's hot out, making it a great place to play regardless of the weather.

    宇陀市に遊びに行った際に寄りました。山の中に子どもが遊べるアスレチックや芝生広場があり、自然いっぱいのいい施設でした。入場料は無料です。駐車場も無料ならなおよかったです。

  • Takidani Hanashobu Garden
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    3.0
    1 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Udashi Murou Takidani 348
    Beautiful flowers compete for attention in the more than 33,000 meter squared Takidani Hanashobu Garden. Here you can enjoy various events such as firefly evenings, blueberry picking and making jam. In the autumn and winter, you can taste some delicious seasonal cuisine such as charcoal grilled matsutake mushroom sukiyaki (Japanese hot pot) and Botan Nabe (wild boar stew). With a restaurant, coffee shop, and shops, visitors can enjoy a full relaxing day here. The bus to Takidani Hanashobu Garden from Sanbonmatsu Station on the Kintetsu Osaka Line takes about five minutes.

    入場料は850円でした。一万坪の園内には600種100万株の勝負が植えられていますが、その他のお花類も充実しています。来訪時はしょうぶのシーズンが終わりかけであった為、あじさいの印象の方が残っています。

  • The Museum, Archaeological Institute of Kashihara, Nara Prefecture
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    Nara Pref. Kashiharashi Unebichou 50-2
    This museum displays actual materials dug up by the Archaeological Institute of Kashihara, Nara Prefecture as part of its excavation and research ancient ruins. Focusing on items excavated in Nara Prefecture, visitors can catch a glimpse of the history of Nara from the Paleolithic era to the Muromachi period. Particularly famous pieces in the museum’s collection include Japan’s largest cylindrical Haniwa statue, an Important Cultural Property excavated from the Mt. Mesuri Tumulus; and a gilt bronze horse harness excavated from the Fujinoki Tomb and a designated National Treasure. Original merchandise such as Haniwa key chains, can be purchased in the museum shop.
  • Nara Prefecture Complex of Man’yo Culture
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    Nara Pref. Takaichigunasukamura Asuka 10
    This cultural museum focuses on the Manyoshu ancient collection of Japanese poetry as well as other classical culture. There's the Japanese Painting Exhibition Hall which has a variety of exhibitions centered around Manyo Japanese paintings, the Manyo Theater where you can experience the Manyo world through music and light, as well as the Special Exhibition Hall where you can see replicas of artifacts from the Asukaike Workshop archeological site discovered on the premises. There are also the Manyo Library and Information Room, Museum Shop, and Manyo Garden located onsite.
  • Onaka Park
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    Nara Pref. Yamatotakadashi Onaka
    This park is located a 10-minute walk from Takadashi Station on the Kintetsu Railway. There are play equipment for children such as swings and slides in the park, and families can enjoy picnics in the grass square. There is also Okaden, a floating stage in the pond where you can watch authentic Noh performances. The 1,000 cherry trees adjacent to the levee of the Takada River are particularly famous, and there is a splendid cherry tunnel that runs for 2.5 kilometers from north to south during the cherry blossom season. There are also illuminations, and many people come every year to see the night cherry blossoms. In addition to cherry blossoms, hydrangeas and sasanqua also bloom there, and you can enjoy nature throughout the four seasons.
  • Karako-Kagi Ruins
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    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.

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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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