About Uda City 【Haibara】
The Perfect Destination for Nature Photography and Outdoor Recreation.
Haibara is an old area, whose name has been used since ancient Manyo Period (8th century). With rich natural scenery such as mountains, forests and terraced rice paddies, Haibara is a great destination for photographers and outdoor activity lovers. Haibara is truly “off-the-beaten-path!”
旧旅籠あぶらや Historic Inn ‘Aburaya’
‘Aburaya’, a 300 year-old historic inn remains exactly as it used to be in Edo period. Located at the diverging point of the two different pilgrimage roads, ‘Ise Hon-Kaido’ and ‘Hase Kaido’, this area has flourished as Shukuba-machi (a post-station town). It was bustling with pilgrims in those days, and even today, the area has a historic post-town feel.
2672-1 Haibara-Hagihara, Uda City, Nara Prefecture, 633-0253
From Kintetsu Haibara Station, walk for 10 minutes.
鳥見山公園 Torimiyama Park
Throughout the year, there is always something to see in this park: thousands of azaleas in early summer, and stunning colored leaves in autumn. The observatory offers a panoramic view of Yamato Highland and Uda City. ‘Unkai’ (a sea of clouds) can be viewed if you are lucky. Brimming with picturesque charm, this park attracts hikers and photograhers in every season.
Haibara-Hagihara, Uda City, Nara Prefecture, 633-0253
From Kintetsu Haibara Station North Exit, take a bus bound for ‘Hari IC’. Get off at ‘Uda Police Office’, then walk for 30 minutes.
佛隆寺 Butsuryu-ji Temple
This ancient temple was built in 850, and it is called ‘The Southern Gate of Muro-ji Temple’. In late September, the path to the temple is lined with Higanbana (cluster amaryllis), which looks like a stunning red carpet. The temple’s huge old cherry tree called ‘Sennen-zakura’is the oldest one in Nara Prefecture, and is estimated to be 900 years old. Butsuryu-ji Temle is alson known as the birthplace of Yamato tea.
1684 Haibara-Akabane, Uda City, Nara Prefecture, 633-0213
From Kintetsu Haibara Station, take a bus bound for ‘Sonimura Yakuba’. Get off at ‘Takai’, then walk for 40 minutes.
高井の千本杉 Takai Senbon-sugi Cedar
This giant cedar, located along the ‘Ise Pilgrimage Road’, used to be individual trees whose trunks have connected with each other over a long period of time. It has been designated as a Natural Treasure by Nara Prefecture.
679 Haibara-Takai, Uda City, Nara Prefecture, 633-0213
From Kintetsu Haibara Station, take a bus bound for ‘Sonimura Yakuba’. Get off at ‘Takai’, then walk for 20 minutes.
龍鎮渓谷 Ryuchin Falls
Ryuchin Falls is located upstream of Fukatani River that flows into Muro Dam. Up the stream lie many huge rocks, among which crystal clear water flows smoothly over flat rocks. The small basin looks beautiful in emerald green, and the Ryuchin Shrine standing at the stream bank adds quite a mysterious atmosphere to the place. This place is totally a hidden gem in Uda City!
Haibara-Nisaka, Uda City, Nara Prefecture, 633-0211
From Kintetsu Muroguchi-Ono Station, walk toward Muro Dam for about 45 minutes.