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NARA Asuka/Yoshino/Tounomine The journey of pilgrimage to Roku Kannon and flower tour

Away from the hustle and bustle of the city life, you can appreciate the flowers of four seasons while Nara's six Kannon Bosatsu will calm your spirit in your pilgrimage to the ancient temples. Enjoy ""Seishun, Shuka, Hakushu, Gento*1"" in the hidden yet historically valuable old temples of Asuka, Yoshino, and Tounomine, the area in southern Nara which is said to be where Japan was first created. Moreover, Asuka and Yoshino, where more than one fourth of the 900 area names of Nara that appear in Manyoshu (the oldest anthology of Japanese poetry) is concentrated, are the very place where one can feel ancient Japan with five senses.
Why don't you relish the tranquility, and enjoy the food unique to Asuka and Yoshino, such as the ancient rice, hotpot, and kudzu (Japanese arrowroot), while having the blessing of Kannon?

  • *1 "Seishun, Shuka, Hakushu, Gento" refers to the way of thinking associated with natural phenomenon and human affairs, which is based on Gogyosetsu (Wu Xing, Five Elements) transmitted from China. When you come to Asuka, Yoshino, and Tounomine, we hope that you enjoy the four seasons like Japanese do, and we wish that you'd appreciate the atmosphere of ancient Japan regardless of your age.

The pilgrimage includes six temples and shrines, including Tanzan Shrine and Shorin-ji in Sakurai-shi, Oka-dera and Tachibana-dera in Asuka-mura, and Nyoirin-ji and Sakuramotobo in Yoshino-cho.
Kannon, the hidden Buddha, is partly shown to the public. Please inquire each shrine and temple for the showing schedule.

Tanzan Jinja Shrine

The only thirteen-storey wooden pagoda in Japan has an overwhelming presence

Nyoirin Kanzeon Bosatsu(the Buddha of Wish-Granting), Hibutsu (Buddhas hidden from public)

Okadera Temple

Japan's first Yakuyoke Kannon (an apotropaic Goddess of Mercy), as a statue is Japan's greatest Buddha

Nyoirin Kanzeon Bosatsu(the Buddha of Wish-Granting), Japan Important cultural property

Tachibanadera Temple

One of the seven temples built in the countryside that is associated with Prince Shotoku

Nyoirin Kanzeon Bosatsu(the Buddha of Wish-Granting), Japan Important cultural property

Shorinji Temple

Shorin-ji enshrines the national treasure statue of the Eleven-faced Kannon- the masterpiece of Nara era

Eleven-headed Kannon Bosatsu

Noinrinji Temple

"Nankiri Fudo Myoo" saves one from difficulties

Nyoirin Kanzeon Bosatsu(the Buddha of Wish-Granting), Hibutsu (Buddhas hidden from public)

Sakuramoto-bo Temple

Sakuramoto-bo Temple established by the Emperor Tenmu during the Manyo era.

Sho Kanzeon Bosatsu

Asuka, Yoshino, and Tounomine sightseeing course recommended by SENPAI Flory

Ms. Florentyna Leow

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Nara 6kannon ~ Asuka · Yoshino · Tonomine ~ A healing trip in Nara<Asuka/1>

Nara 6kannon ~ Asuka · Yoshino · Tonomine ~ A healing trip in Nara<Asuka/1>

Enjoy Asuka's Kannon and special products

Nara 6kannon ~ Asuka · Yoshino · Tonomine ~ A healing trip in Nara<Asuka/2>

Nara 6kannon ~ Asuka · Yoshino · Tonomine ~ A healing trip in Nara<Asuka/2>

Feel the wind of ancient Asuka through cycling

Nara 6kannon ~ Asuka · Yoshino · Tonomine ~ A healing trip in Nara<Yoshino/1>

Nara 6kannon ~ Asuka · Yoshino · Tonomine ~ A healing trip in Nara<Yoshino/1>

Enjoy asaza gongyo (morning religious service) as well as yoshino's history and food

Nara 6kannon ~ Asuka · Yoshino · Tonomine ~ A healing trip in Nara<Yoshino/2>

Nara 6kannon ~ Asuka · Yoshino · Tonomine ~ A healing trip in Nara<Yoshino/2>

Take a relaxed walk in Mt. Yoshino where the scent of ancient afloat