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Takidani Hanashobuen
A mecca for iris (hanashobu) lovers
This garden, which occupies a total area of 33,000 square meters, is planted with 600 species of iris - 3.5 million plants in all. In addition, the garden has a variety of other species, including cherry blossom trees, manjushage (Lycoris radiata), tessen (Clematis Florida), hydrangea, roses, and cosmos. Visitors can enjoy shopping for seedlings and souvenirs or eating in one of the restaurants.
tel0745-92-3187 / 9:00 - 17:00 / Early April to mid-July, Early September to early November / Open 7 days a week
admissionadmission800
accessA 25-minute walk from Kintetsu Sanbonmatsu Station (Shuttle bus services are available in fall, connecting the garden and Sanbonmatsu Station in 6 min.) (On Saturdays, Sundays and everyday during the early summer flower seasons, Kintetsu bus operates between the garden and Sanbonmatsu Station - a 7 min. journey.)

Soni Plateau
Pampas grass fields
Soni Plateau is a smooth hill extending to the south of Mt. Kuruso (1,038m above sea-level) located at the boundary of Nara and Mie Prefectures. The plateau forms a part of the Murou Akame Aoyama Quasi National Park, and is a very popular hiking spot. From spring to summer, the entire plateau is covered with green grass, while in fall, pampas grass turns the entire hill silver. The top of the plateau gives a panoramic view, and a campsite is open from April to November.
tel0745-94-2101 (Soni Village Hall)
accessTake bus from Kintetsu Nabari Station and get off at Taraji. A 50-minute walk from the bus stop (On Sundays and national holidays in fall, a bus service is available from Kintetsu Haibara Station to Soni Plateau - a 80 min. journey.)

Former Morino Herb Garden
An old herb garden dating back to the Edo Period
In the 18th century (Edo Period), Tokugawa Yoshimune, the 8th Shogun, searched for herbs throughout Japan to open his herb garden. Tosuke Morino, a herb researcher and breeder of 'Yoshinokuzu' (herbaceous perennial legume) helped the Shogunate so much that he was given seeds of precious herbs from the Shogunate in recognition of his contributions. This is the origin of the Morino Herb Garden. Today more than 250 types of herbs and other rare species are grown at the former site of the Morino Herb Garden.
tel0745-83-0002 / 9: 00 - 17: 00 / Open 7 days a week
admissionadmission300
accessTake bus No.1 from Kintetsu Haibara Station and get off at Ouda [F]. A 3-minute walk from the bus stop

Butsuryuji Temple
Mochizukizakura (a cherry blossom tree) in full bloom.
Butsuryuji Temple was founded in 850 A.D. by the Priest Kenne, a disciple of Kukai (Kobodaishi) who founded Shingon Sect Buddhism. In front of the temple is the old Mochizukizakura cherry blossom tree designated as a natural monument by Nara Prefecture. The cherry tree is said to be 900 years old, the circumference of its trunk is 7m, and in spring, the blossom laden branches hang down to the ground. The sanctuary also contains a thirteen-story stone pagoda built in 1330 and other buildings.
tel0745-82-2714 (Haibara Town Industrial Divn.) / 9:00 - 16:00 / Open 7 days a week
admissionAdmission fee: admission100
access Take bus No. 25 or 27 from Kintetsu Haibara Station and get off at Takai. A 40-minute walk from the bus stop
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