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Todaiji Temple
【World Heritage】 
 
     
 
Famous for the world's largest statue of Buddha
"Daibutsuden", the world's largest wooden architecture houses the world's largest bronze statue of Buddha "Nara no Daibutsu". Todaiji Temple was founded in 743 by order of Emperor Shomu in order to enshrine Rushanabutsu (the great image of Buddha).
       
●Open/7:30-17:30 (vary according to the season)
●Closed/Open all-year round  ●Fare/Adults ¥500  ●Tel/0742-22-5511
◆Access/5 min. walk from Daibutsuden Kasugataisha-mae bus stop by City circulation bus from JR/Kintetsu Nara Stn., or 15 min. walk from JR Nara Stn.
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Kasuga Taisha Shrine
【World Heritage】 
 
     
 
Splendid vermilion-lacquered shrine pavilions
The vermilion-lacquered Shaden (main building) is fascinatingly beautiful and the shrine has been famous for its beautiful wisteria for many years. Homotsuden (treasure house) in the precinct stores 3,000 items including 520 national treasures or important cultural properties. Protected against logging as a sacred mountain for over 1,000 years, Mt. Kasuga is a primeval forest of ever-green broad leaf trees such as oak and Japanese chinquapin.
       
●Open/6:30-17:30 (vary according to the season)
●Closed/Open all-year round  ●Fare/Free (with the exception of Homotsuden which is ¥400.)  ●Tel/0742-22-7788
◆Access/A short walk from Kasuga Taisha Honden-mae bus stop by Nara Kotsu Bus from JR/Kintetsu Nara Stn. or a 10 min. walk from Kasuga Taisha Omotesando bus stop by City circulation bus from JR/Kintetsu Nara Stn.
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Horyu-ji Temple
【World Heritage】 
 
     
 
The greatest treasure house of Buddhist culture
Founded by Shotoku Taishi, Horyuji Temple is the oldest wooden construction in the world. In the spacious precinct, there are a lot of buildings using the most skilled techniques from each era since the Asuka Period. Nearby is Hokiji Temple, which is also a world heritage.(Photograph: Taikichi Irie)
       
●Open/8:00-17:00 (8:00-16:30 in winter)
●Closed/Open all-year round  ●Fare/Adults ¥1,000 (Saiin Garan, Daihozoin and Toin Garan are available)  ●Tel/0745-75-2555
◆Access/A short walk from Horyujimon-mae bus stop by Nara Kotsu Bus from JR Horyuji Stn.
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Ishibutai Burial Mound
 
 
     
 
An ancient tomb built of megaliths
Built in the 6th century, the burial mound with stone chamber was made up from about 30 giant stones. Its side-open stone chamber is the biggest of its kind in Japan. The mound is a square shape with 50 m length each side. It is called Ishibutai, because the top of the ceiling stone, which has appeared by losing soil covering it, is flat. Nearby is Takamatsuzuka Burial Mound, famous for its brilliant murals. (photo:Asuka Village Education Board)
       
●Open/8:30-17:00
●Closed/Open all-year round  ●Fare/Adults: 250  ●Tel/0744-54-4577 (Asuka Village Tourism Information)
◆Access/3 min. walk from Ishibutai bus stop by Asuka Shuyu Bus from Kintetsu Kashihara Jingu-mae Stn.
       
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Mt.Yoshino
【World Heritage】 
 
     
 
Japan's top cherry blossom-viewing spot
Mt. Yoshino is famous as the best place to appreciate cherry blossoms. This is the north starting point of Omineokugake-michi (pilgrimage route), and it was registered as World Heritage in 2004 along with other cultural assets such as Zaodo in Kinpusenji temple and Yoshimizu Shrine.
       
●Tel/0746-32-1007 (Mt.Yoshino Tourism Association)
◆Access/A short walk from Ropeway Yoshinoyama Stn. from Kintetsu Yoshino Stn.
       
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Omiwa Jinja Shrine
 
 
     
 
This shrine is dedicated to the deities of kuni-zukuri (cultivating land) and takes all of Mount Miwa as its focus of worship.
As the whole of Mount Miwa, which stands directly behind the shrine, is the object of worship, the shrine has no main hall, the place where a deity is usually enshrined. The outer shrine was reconstructed in the Edo Period by Tokugawa Ietsuna.

The deities of kuni-zukuri are believed to protect all aspects of human life, including agricultural, industrial and commercial development, protection against evil related to directions, curing of diseases, sake brewing, drug manufacturing, incantation to ward off evil, traffic, voyages and matchmaking. The sugidama (cedar ball) hung under the eaves of sake breweries is believed to have originally been made from the cedar trees of Mount Miwa.
       
●Tel/0744-42-6633
◆Access/Ten minutes walk from Miwa Station on the JR Line. Or, ten minutes walk from Miwamyojin Sando-guchi bus stop, which can be reached using the bus that departs from Sakurai Station on the JR or Kintetsu Line.
       
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