Attractions

Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Kurama & Kibune

Kurama-dera

Located high on a thickly wooded mountain, Kurama-dera is one of the few temples in modern Japan that still manages to retain an air of real spirituality. This is a magical place that gains much of its power from it…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Ōhara

Sanzen-in

Famed for its autumn foliage, hydrangea garden and stunning Buddha images, this temple is deservedly popular with foreign and domestic tourists alike. The temple’s garden, Yūsei-en, is one of the most photographed s…
Village in Miyama-Chō

Kayabuki-no-Sato

Along Rte 38 in the village of Kitamura, you'll find Miyama-chō’s star attraction, a hamlet boasting a cluster of some 50 thatched-roof farmhouses, said to be the thickest concentration of these buildings in Japan. …
Cave in Kinosaki Onsen

Genbudō

About 5km south of Kinosaki Onsen proper, Genbudō is a collection of five mysterious caves with otherworldly surfaces of pillar-like ripples formed by basalt lava 1.6 million years ago. The route there along the Mar…
Buddhist Temple in Ōhara

Jakkō-in

Jakkō-in is a small temple on the opposite side of Ōhara from Sanzen-in. It’s reached by a pleasant 15-minute walk from the bus station through an ‘old Japan’ village. Walk out of the bus stop to the traffic lights …
Temple in Miyama-Chō

Bujō-ji

Remote Bujō-ji is a Shugendo (mountain asceticism) temple that is also called ‘the Northern Omine’, a reference to Omine-san in Nara Prefecture, which is a centre for Japan’s yamabushi (mountain mystics). It’s a 430…
Waterfront in Amanohashidate

Amanohashidate

Called one of Japan's three great views in historical literature, Amanohashidate is a 3.5km-long, narrow sand spit covered with some 8000 pines. Along the length of the spit, there's decent swimming, plus beach show…
Buddhist Temple in Amanohashidate

Chion-in

Steps from the southern end of the Amanohashidate footbridge, this busy temple is home to an Important Cultural Property pagoda from the Muromachi period (late 1500s). The temple's o-mikuji (fortunes; ¥300) are shap…
Buddhist Temple in Ōhara

Hōsen-in

A quiet option, this temple is just down the path west of the entry gate to Shōrin-in. The main tatami room offers a view of a bamboo garden and the surrounding mountains, framed like a painting by the beams and pos…
Village in Tango Peninsula

Ine

On the eastern side of the Tango Peninsula, Ine sits on a perfect little bay where boats moor as if in car ports under special houses called funaya, built right over the water. See them up close on a 30-minute boat …