What to Expect
Yamanobe no michi is said to be an oldest road running north and south along the eastern edge of the Nara Basin, which connects between Nara city and Sakurai city, in the 15-kilometer long trail. It is first recorded in The Chronicles of Japan "Nihon Shoki" compiled in the 8th century. The ancient road is dotted with shrines, temples and ancient tombs "kofun", and also you will come across many cafes and small farm stands.
Yamanobe no michi is different from other hiking routes, it also goes through small villages. The local specialties of the village are fruits products such as dried kaki persimmon, mochi (sticky rice cake), processed daikon raddish, yuzu citrus, orange, tsukemono pickles, somen noodle, and so on. You will enjoy seasonal landscape, paddy in summer, orange and kaki in autumn, and dried vegetables and somen in winter season.
You can also select a full day tour, if you have enough time.
For a full day tour, you can also have a lunch at Chogakuji temple, and also visit a sake brewery in Miwa.
Sake tasting option is also available upon your request in advance in case of a full-day tour (not available from October to March, and holidays). Please add the option, if you wish to book sake tasting.
[Half a day tour 4.5 hours]
13:00 Depart from JR Nara station
13:30 Arrive at JR Yanagimoto station
13:50 Trail starts from Tenri Trail center
14:00 Chogakuji temple
15:00 Hinohara shrine
15:40 O-Miwa shrine
17:00 Depart from JR Miwa station
17:30 Back to JR Nara station
[A full day walking tour 8 hours]
9:00 Depart from JR Nara station
10:00 Ishigami shrine
11:00 Yotogi shrine
12:00 Tenri trail center
13:00 Lunch at Chogaku ji temple (miwa somen) or local cafe
14:00 Hinohara shrine
15:00 O-Miwa shrine
15:30 Imanishi shuzo (sake brewery)
16:30 Depart from JR Miwa station
17:00 Back to JR Nara station
[A full day Nara highlights 8 hours]
9:00 Meeting at Kintetsu Nara station
9:30 - 11:00 Todaiji temple and Nara park
11:00 - 12:00 Kasuga shrine
12:30 - 13:00 Travel from Nara to Miwa
13:00 Lunch at a local restaurant or at a temple
14:00-16:30 Walking Yamanobe trail
17:00 back to JR Nara station