Yamatokoriyama Shrines and Temples Walking Tour is a 7.3 mile point-to-point trail located near the city of Yamatokoriyama. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, road biking, and scenic driving.
Horyu-ji Temple - the Birthplace and Home of Buddhism in Japan. Once departing the J.R.Yamatokoizumi Station, you soon find yourself weaving your way through narrow streets to your first destination - Koizumi-jinjya (Shrine). From here, you pass the homestead of Katagiri Sadamitsu before joining Route-123 and your ascent to Matsuo-dera Temple. Matsuo-dera is nestled amongst the forest of Matsuo-yama (Mt Matsuo) and overlooks the Yamato district and offers great views of the surrounding countryside, including Nara. After a stroll through the complex,y ou begin your descent through the forest exiting via a local golf-course where you will be greeted by some very-nice picturesque Japanese countryside.Soon you will exit this road, in favor of a cycle/pedestrian way that will take you to Horin-ji Temple. This is an ideal spot to take a bite-to-eat, but the caretakers of the complex have asked that you don't consume your lunch within the complex. Not to worry,a hundred meters down the road is a sheltered seating area for you to relax. To get here you again have to weave your way through some narrow streets and some quaint Japanese houses. Adjacent to Chugu-ji is Horyu-ji Temple. After exiting Horyu-ji, you join a short boulevard (Route-146) lined with many Sakura (Cherry trees) and Willow, the perfect end (almost) to your day. A 20-minute walk from here takes you to the J.R. Horyu-ji Station, and home.