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Mt. Nijo
A twin-peak mountain
Mt. Nijo consists of two neighboring mountains with peaks at 515m and 474m above sea-level. Mt. Nijo is otherwise known as 'Futakamiyama' which means twin mountains. This mountain is worshiped by local people as a gateway to heaven. Looking from the Asuka area, the sun dropping behind Mt. Nijo as it sets is an extremely picturesque sight.
tel0745-48-2811 (Taima Town Hall)
accessA 2-hour walk from Kintetsu Taimadera Station to the peak of Mt. Odake.

Sumo museum
This sumo museum is quite rare in Japan. The museum includes a life-sized Sumo ring and audience seats as well as displays featuring precious sumo-related items. 0745-48-4611 / 8:30 - 17:00 / Closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and national holidays. (When a Wednesday falls on a national holiday, the following Thursday is off.)
accessA 5-minute walk from Kintetsu Taimadera Station.

Taimadera Temple
Famous for its tree peonies
Taimadera Temple is rich in precious Buddhist images. These include a three-storied pagoda, designated as an important cultural asset, a 'sitting statue of Miroku' and 'standing statues of Shitenno.' From the end of April to mid-May, the tree peonies are in full bloom, attracting many visitors.
tel0745-48-2008 / 9:00 - 17:00 / Open 7 days a week
admission admission500 (subject to change when special events are held.) Admission fee for the garden admission300
accessA 15-minute walk from Kintetsu Taimadera Station

Mt. Katsuragi
Panoramic views of Yamato Plain and Kawachi Plain.
Mt. Katsuragi is a smooth mountain rising to 960m above sea-level. On a clear day there is a full view of Yamato and Kawachi plains from the top. Different aspects of the mountain reveal themselves with the changing seasons - azaleas are in full bloom in May and pampas grass covers the entire mountain slopes in fall. A nature trail is, approx. 3km long, situated at the mountain top for those interested in wild plants or bird watching.
tel0745-62-3001 (Gose City Commerce, Industry and Tourism Divn.) / Open 7 days a week
admissionAdmission Free
accessTake bus No. 80 or 88 from Kintetsu Gose Station and get off at Katsuragisan Ropeway Mae. Take the Ropeway to the mountain top.
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