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Yamanobe-no-Michi Path
Feel the legacy of ancient poets
The Yamanobe-no-michi extends from the foot of Mt. Kasuga to Tsubaichi in Sakurai City, where you can trace the legacy of ancient poets. Now the path has been improved as a walking course starting from Isonokami Shrine, giving walkers views of beautiful scenery and ancient buildings along the way. Omiwa Shrine, in the middle of the course has no main shrine buildings; rather, the whole of Mt. Miwa is the object of worship. On the mountain, there are three Iwakura, or sacred rocks, to which deities are said to descend.
0743-68-1911 (Tenri City Tourist Information Center) and 0744-44-2377 (Sakurai Tourist Information Center)
Admission free

Omiwa Shrine
Mt. Miwa itself is the object of worship
This shrine, one of the oldest in Japan, includes the whole of Mt. Miwa within its bounds, and is otherwise known as Miwa Myojin. In the sanctuary is a large, sacred Japanese cedar tree. An old story says that a white snake living in the sanctuary is a reincarnation of the deity, Miwa Myojin. The shrine is particularly associated with sake, pharmaceuticals and warding off bad luck, and still attracts many worshippers, including sake and liquor producers from throughout the nation.
Admission Free
A 10-minute walk from JR Miwa Station / Take bus No.34 from JR Sakurai Station and get off at Miwa Myojin Sando Guchi. A 15-minute walk from the bus stop

Hasedera Temple
A temple to Kannon surrounded by peony gardens
The main hall of Hasedera Temple is one of the biggest halls of all the temples in Nara, extending southwards on a raised stage. 'Juichimen Kannon', a eleven-faced divine savior of all the people in the world, has ten faces on the top of its main face. The statue of 'Juichimen Kannon,' which is about 10m in height, is covered in gold. Hasedera Temple is famous for its peony garden and has 7,000 plants and 150 species of peony planted in the grounds. It is a breath taking site when they are in full bloom.
0744-47-7001 / April to September: 8:30 - 17:00, For other seasons : 9:00 - 16:30 / Open 7 days a week
A 20-minute walk from Kintetsu Hasedera Station / Take bus No. 55 from JR or Kintetsu Sakurai Station and get off at Hasedera Mae.
Main events : Dadaoshi (a ritual of chasing ogres) : Feb.14

Murouji Temple
A rhododendron temple open to women worshippers (Nyonin Koya)
It's five-storied pagoda, only 16.7m in height, is the smallest of its kind in Japan. The temple is dedicated to 'Shaka Nyorai' Buddha, a founder of Buddhism, and the statue, 105.5cm in height, imparts the flavor of the 9th century Buddhist arts to modern visitors. While the famous Mt. Koya (Kongobuji Temple), home of Shingon Sect Buddhism, closes its doors to women worshippers, Murouji Temple, practicing the same Shingon Sect Buddhism, accepts them. This temple is also famous for its beautiful rhododendrons.
0745-93-2003 / 8:00 - 17:00, 8:30 - 16:00 (12/1 - 1/31) (Subject to change by seasons) / Open 7 days a week
Take bus No. 43, 44, 45 or 46 from Kintetsu Murou Guchi Ono Station and get off at Murouji. A 5-minute walk from the bus stop
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