What to Expect
Jingo-ji Temple, which houses Yakushi Nyorai ( Healing Buddha ), a Buddhist statue ( national treasure ) and other excellent statues, is famous for young leaves of maple trees. You can take in a magnificent view of the mountains and the valley from the temple precinct.
Gioh ji Temple, the name of which was taken from Gioh, a dancer and prostitute in late Heian period ( the 12th century ), who had to lead a sorrowful life with her twin sister, is located in a very serene surroundings. The moss-covered garden is a must-see along with an old thatched-roofed temple house.
Jojako-ji Temple stands on the slope of Mt. Ogura, where Fujiwara no Teika, a renowned waka poet, compiled the One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets in the 13th century. You can take in views of a velvet-like moss-covered slope and a beautiful bamboo grove.
Nonomiya Shrine is located in the middle of the famous Bamboo Forest. The shrine is famous for bringing you a good fortune of match-making and business success.