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Trekking in the Hills of Nara: Yamanobe-No-Michi

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Overview

Head to the hills for a scenic, spiritual trek near Nara. Follow the path of Japan's oldest road, winding through forests and rice paddies. Visit ancient Shinto shrines and tranquil Buddhist temples along the way, experiencing the harmonious blend of cultural heritage and natural wonders that make Japan so special.



Itinerary

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Trekking in the Hills of Nara: Yamanobe-No-Michi
- Full Day
Today's tour will start at 10:00. Get the blood pumping with a scenic and spiritual hike near Nara. Meet with a local guide around 10:00 for a short walk to the hills. Cross through Nara's Tenri Hondori arcade, a massive shopping area housing more than 200 shopfronts and cafes. Continue to walk away from town, passing by the impressive Tenri-kyo Shinto-sect church along the way to the trail.

 

The rest of the day's trek is along Yamanobe-no-michi, a section of the road that once linked Nara to Tokyo. Referred to as Japan's oldest road, the trail features dozens of historic shrines and ruins.

 

Two of the highlights of the trail are Chogaku-ji Temple and Omiwa Shrine. At Chogaku-ji, stop to admire the Buddhist temple's beautiful surroundings. Depending on the season this may be cherry blossoms, hydrangeas, maple leaves or other colourful trees. Omiwa Shrine, one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan, is a fabulous place to learn about Shinto culture. Discover why it is referred to by locals as Japan's first shrine and how it served as a sacred ground for various philosophical religious groups.

 

After this insightful walk in the woods, return to Nara, say farewell to the guide and enjoy a well-deserved rest at the hotel. (L)

Distance and journey time (approximation):
Kyoto Station to Tenri Station: 1 h
Nara Station to Tenri Station: 15 min

Important Information


Our services include:
– English
-speaking guide (6 hrs)
– Lunch
– All entrance fees and public transportation fees as mentioned in the itinerary
Our services do not include:
– International and domestic flights (quoted separately)
– Transportation fees to/from the venue
– Meals other than what is mentioned in the itinerary and drinks
– Personal expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, and other expenditures of a personal nature)
– Travel insurance
– Other services that are not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above

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