Shigisan Chogosonshi-ji Temple (信貴山 朝護孫子寺)
Shigisan Chogosonshi-ji is a temple situated on the slopes of Mt. Shigi in Heguri, Ikoma County, Nara Prefecture; it is the head temple of the Shigisan Shingon Sect of Buddhism. The papier-mache tigers that are located throughout the Temple grounds, and which have become a symbol of the Temple, relate to a legend connecting the Temple with Prince Shotoku. In spring, the Yoshino, hill cherry and weeping cherry trees within the Temple grounds bloom magnificently, making the Shigisan Chogosonshi-ji Temple a famous place for viewing cherry blossom. After the sun goes down in the evenings, the cherry trees are illuminated by around 2,000 stone lanterns, enabling visitors to enjoy a truly magical cherry blossom viewing experience. The best time for viewing the cherry blossom is between late March and early April. Paid parking available.
Nara Pref. Ikomagunhegurichou Shigisan 2280-1 (Ikaruga / IkomaArea)
- Nara Pref. Ikomagunhegurichou Shigisan 2280-1 [map]
- Ikaruga / IkomaArea
- Flowering state of cherry blossoms
- the end
- Cherry blossom forecast
- Late Mar.-Early Apr.
- open everyday
- Parking Lot
- Night viewing
- Public toilets
- Someiyoshino, Hill cherry blossom
Information Sources: NAVITIME JAPAN
- On foot aboutminutes
- about m
- Route from this Station Route from this Bus Stop Route from this IC Route from this Parking
Nearby Tourist Attractions
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.