Sightseeing
Traditional Japanese Buildings
  • 【Ankokuji Temple (built in 993)】
    This temple is said to have been the place where Takauji Ashikaga (1305-1358: founder of the Ashikaga shogunate) was born. In autumn, you can enjoy maple trees with beautiful crimson foliage.
  • 【Kisaichi Maruyama Ancient Tomb】
    The Kisaichi Maruyama tomb was built near the Yura River about 1,500 years ago. With its majestic size - 70 meters long and 10 meters high, it is the largest in Kyoto Prefecture.
  • 【Kohmyoji Temple and Nioh Mon】

    Kohmyoji Temple is said to have been commissioned by Shotoku Taishi (573-621: regent and politician in the Asuka period) in 599. The Nioh Mon gate of this temple is designated national treasure. Its double-gates system was quite rare when it was built (1242-1253) in the Kamakura era.
  • 【Oomoto Headquarters and Choseiden】
    Oomoto has been a Japanese religion for over 100 years, and its main hall of worship, Choseiden (built in 1992) is said to be one of the largest wooden structures in the 20th century in Japan.
  • 【Ryogonji Temple (built in 732)】
    This temple is nicknamed “Crow-Temple”, because many crows are painted on its fusuma (papered sliding doors). Visitors can enjoy various flowers in its garden, such as cherry, azalea and lotus flowers.
  • 【Shakuouji Temple (built in 949)】
    This temple houses a famous suzuri-ish (ink stone) used by the Emperor Saga (786-842). The Emperor Saga was one of the most celebrated calligrapher of his time. The temple is named after the Emperor Saga’s ink stone, which was made near the temple.
  • 【Shofukuji Temple (built in 1445)】
    The temple houses three gardens. One garden in particular called Ganshohtei is designated as a place of extraordinary scenic beauty by the national government.
  • 【Wakamiya-jinja Shrine】
    It was constructed between 1177 and 1180 to enshrine the Emperor Nintoku (ruled 313-399). The shrine hosts an annual religious ceremony on February 17 and 18 to drive away evil spirits and bring in good luck.
  • 【Yamaga Castle Park】
    During the Edo period, a jinya was an administrative headquarters of a small domain governed by a feudal lord. This park was built at the site of old Yamaga Jinya administered by the Tani family. This park is famous for plums and cherry blossoms.