【Long course】An introduction to Yoshinoyama

  • Program
    1 person:8,000 JPY
    time period
    2018-10-01 - 2020-03-31
    About 3 hours
    Language English

【Long course】Familiarize yourself with the rich history and culture of Yoshinoyama in this introductory tour.

Located in the mountainous region south of the ancient capital of Asuka, the town of Yoshino is place of deep spiritual and cultural significance in the history of Japan. Yoshinoyama, an ancient temple district constructed along a ridgeline in the town of Yoshino, has for centuries been a base for ascetic mountain training and a gateway to the pilgrimage routes that weave through oku-yamato or the “deep mountains of Nara.” In 2004, the area of Yoshinoyama was designated a UNESCO World Heritage area as part of the “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes of the Kii Mountain Range.”
In this experience, participants will receive a guided tour on foot of the Yoshinoyama area by a local English language-speaking resident of the area. The area’s deep history, culture, and various significant locations will be introduced over the course of the tour.

Estimated walking distance: About 7 KM
Elevation change over the course: About 80 meters uphill and 500 meters downhill.
  • Yoshitsune's Tower Hideout

  • Zao-do Hall,Kimpusen-ji Temple

  • view from Hanayagura

Program details
Program 【Long course】An introduction to Yoshinoyama
Program fee

1 person:8,000 JPY

Available time period

2018-10-01 - 2020-03-31

Required time About 3 hours
Schedule Meet in front of Yoshino Station and take a taxi(costs about 4,000 yen per vehicle) to the Oku-senbon area of Yoshinoyama. From Oku-senbon, participants will be guided to Kinpu-jinja Shrine and Yoshitsune Minamoto’s old mountain hideout. From there the tour will continue on foot down the main street of Yoshinoyama to see the World Heritage locations of Mikumari-Jinja Shrine, Yoshimizu-jinja Shrine and Kinpusen-ji Temple’s Zao do Hall. Participants will also be guided to Hanayagura view point (a great spot for taking photographs) and pass by Yoshinoyama’s various traditional shops and ryokans.
The tour will end either at the top “Nanamagari Road” (which leads down from the main street of Yoshinoyama to Yoshino station), or back in front Yoshino Station, depending on the choice of participants.
Things to bring / required items Bring enough water to stay hydrated, walking shoes, clothing that fits the season, rain gear.
Included in this fee Guide fee
Not included in fees Transportation to and from Yoshinoyama. Taxi fee up to the main street of Yoshinoyama. Fee for entering any temple or shrine in the area (if participants wish to enter a temple or shrine during the tour, they are responsible for any required fees).
Meeting location In front of Kintetsu Yoshino Station.
Address of meeting location 6261 Yoshinoyama, Yoshino-cho, Yoshino-gun, Nara,

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Payment method Payment by credit card
Language English


Cancellations 1 day prior to the event require 50% of the participation fee.
Cancellations on the day of the event, or no show, require 100% of the participation fee.

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    The Yoshino Visitors Bureau is a portal for tours in Yoshino. Our programs our designed to give participants a deep understanding of Yoshino through a variety of different experiences. Programs include Yoshino Forest Therapy, held within the region’s magnificent cedar forests, as well as other programs which serve to highlight the history, culture, daily life and manufacturing traditions of Yoshino.


    It is highly recommended guests stay the night in one of Yoshinoyama’s many guest houses to fully immerse themselves in the area’s special atmosphere of nature and history.

    Company information

    Company:Yoshino Vistor's Bureau
    Address:77-1 Kamiichi Yoshino-cho Yoshino-gun Nara-prefecture Yoshino-cho Yoshino-gun Nara-prefecture

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