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Nara

Nara is one of the most ancient parts of Japan. In Nara’s bountiful mountains lies Todai-ji with its huge Buddha statue and the many museums and treasures that surround it. Atop Mount Kasuga is Kasugayama Primeval Forest and the Kasuga Grand Shrine. We can also visit Saidai-ji, Kōfuku-ji, Gangō-ji, Yakushi-ji, Tōshōdai-ji, and the Heijō Palace.

Fruit Picking

  There are lots of fruit picking choices in Kansai. Plenty of farms and facilities allow visitors to come in and choose their own fruit and vegetables. You can either purchase produce by volume, or do all-you-can-eat on site. Obviously, what’s available depends on the season. As far as we …

Goldfish Scooping (Nara)

  Believe it or not, goldfish scooping (金魚すくい, 金魚掬い Kingyo-sukui) is a national sport in Japan. Although, while national, it should be noted …

Soni Kogen (曽爾高原)

  Soni Kogen is a huge, open plateau renowned for its vast swaths of Japanese pampas grass, picturesque marshes, and stellar views. …

Odaigahara (大台ヶ原)

  Odaigahara (大台ヶ原) Odaigahara ranks up there with Utsukushi-ga-hara, Mt. Hachimantai and Kirigamine as the most accessible of the Hyakumeizan, as you can …

Mount Yoshino (吉野山)

  Mt. Yoshino is the most famous place in Japan for Yamazakura (mountain cherry blossoms), so expect huge crowds every day of …

Mount Takatori (高取山)

  Mt. Takatori is the site of Japan’s oldest mountaintop castle, and the hike takes you up, around, and through the ruins …

Mount Kongo (金剛山)

  This is reputedly one of the two busiest hikes in the Kansai region. Good length, nothing too difficult, but lots of …

Totsugawa River

 Bordering Wakayama and Mie prefectures on the southern tip of Nara, this place is simply idyllic. With lush, majestic mountains rising up …

Tenokawa River at Tenkawamura

 The quaint village of Tenkawamura in Nara’s Yoshino region is well known for its water; being home to the famous Dorrogawa “rumbling …