There’s More to Nara, Japan Than Just the Deer

Your guide to Kashihara City's gardens, ruins, and temples.

You might not have heard of Kashihara City, but if you have Nara in your itinerary, a stop in this beautiful city is a must. Visit the flower garden in the
Moto-yakushiji Temple Ruins and the Kashihara-jingu Shrine. Follow our itinerary below to see how else you can take pleasure in the locale’s nature and history.

[11:14 a.m.] Moto-yakushiji Temple Ruins
Moto-yakushi-ji ato Kidono-cho, Kashihara City
Contact: +81-744-211-213
Open throughout the year
Admission: Free to enter the shrine grounds
How to get there: It’s a 6-minute walk from Kintetsu Unebigoryomae Station

Around the Moto-yakushiji Temple Ruins, a historical heritage, there is a 14,000-meter-square paddy field covered in water hyacinths. The sea of light purple flowers are a sight to behold, especially because their petals form a floral pattern that’s incredibly IG-worthy. 

In this paddy field, about 14,000 roots of water hyacinths are planted each year, and 400,000 blossom in full glory during the peak season in September.

Hoteiaoi (water hyacinth in Japanese) is named after Hotei (a deity in Chinese folklore), as its bulb looks like the deity’s belly.

Moto-yakushiji Temple was one of the four great temples of the Asuka Period (AD 600-700).

Railway trip from Kintetsu Unebigoryoumae Station to Kashiharajingumae Station

The Kintetsu train travels past a calm and peaceful rural scene, which stirs the heart of many travelers.

[12:15 p.m.] Menya-Ichibiri
1F Konayagi-biru 593 Kume-cho, Kashihara City
Contact: +81-744-272-223
Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. except the last Monday evening of the every month
How to get there: It’s a 3-minute walk from Kintetsu Kashihara Jingu Mae Station.

When Menya-Ichibiri started selling Mazesoba (Soupless Noodle), it was only meant for a limited time only. However, with its generous toppings,It became so popular that it ended up as a regular item on the menu.

Mazesoba (¥800)

Tokusei-Ramen (¥930)

You can also order the Tokusei-Ramen, which comes with two more slices of roast pork, one more boiled egg, and two times the number of pickled bamboo shoots.

Come to the ramen house early because every seat is sure to be filled at lunchtime.

[1:00 p.m.] Kashihara-jingu Shrine
934 Kume-cho, Kashihara-shi
Contact: +81-744-223-271
Open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (sunrise to sunset but depends on the season)
Admission: Free (¥300 for Homotsu-kan)
How to get there: It’s a 10-minute walk from Kintetsu Kashihara Jingumae Station.

This shrine is deemed sacred ground in Japan, as it deifies Japan’s first emperor. It also has a lot of good places in the area, such as a vast site covered with green, a solemn hall of worship, and a treasure house.

A large torii (an archway to a Shinto Shrine) and evergreen oaks welcome you to the shrine. Fun fact: Kashihara-jingu Shrine got its name from the word “kashi,” which means “evergreen” in Japanese.

The Fukada-ike pond covers an area of approximately 49,500sqm.

There is a promenade that connects both shores, so you can wade across the pond.

Shinrin-yuen is an open space where you can unwind surrounded by trees.

Gaihaiden stands solemnly at the foot of Unebi Mountain.

Ohadamori (¥500) 

Ohadamori is a popular amulet used by women who want to retain their beauty.

Yata-garasu Kenkomori (¥500) 

Yata-garasu is the sacred crow that appears in Records of Ancient Matters. As long as you carry this amulet, it is said that you will receive a blessing for good health.

Homotsu-kan (Treasure House) opened in 2000. Homotsu-kan holds famous treasures, such as the sword of Emperor Meiji.

Open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Closed from Monday to Friday. *Will open with a reservation.
Admission: Adults ¥300

[3 p.m.] Kashoen Umezono Kashihara Branch
1F Maeda-biru 533-1 Kume-cho, Kashihara-shi
Contact: +81-744-277-768
Open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday to Sunday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays.
How to get there: It’s a 5-minute walk from Kintetsu Kashihara Jingumae Station.

Kashoen Umezono is a 30-year-old Japanese-style confectionery store located near the Kintetsu Kashihara Jingumae Station. It has a line of seasonal Japanese-style confections, which you can also buy individually.

Budo Daifuku (¥210)

The Budo Daifuku is a soft rice cake filled with sweet grape jam. The appeal of this treat lies in the springy texture of the rice cake and grape.

Here, you can enjoy the taste of the season.

Provided by Japan Walker™ and Kansai Walker™ (19 September 2017)

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