Japan's oldest road, Yamanobe-no-michi Ancient Trail

Tour Number

Activity Level



Day Trip / Out of Town, Hiking and Walking


Kid Friendly: No.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 10



Taiwanese (conversational), Japanese (fluent), English (fluent)

Half-day Guided Walking Tour from Nara

Nara's charm is not only deers but also its traditional country lifestyle, which has been inherited from generations to generations. Yamanobe no michi is said to be an oldest road running north and south along the eastern edge of the Nara Basin, which connects between Nara city and Sakurai city, in the 15-kilometer long trail. Half a day off-the-beaten walk to an oldest road "Yamanobe no michi" will lead you to deep cultural understanding on rural villages.

It is different from other hiking routes, it also goes through small villages. The local specialties of the village are fruits products such as dried kaki persimmon, mochi (sticky rice cake), processed daikon raddish, yuzu citrus, orange, tsukemono pickles, somen noodle. You will enjoy seasonal landscape, paddy in summer, orange and kaki in autumn, and dried vegetables and somen in winter season.

You can also select a full day tour, if you have enough time.

- Hiking ancient trail
- Visit shrines and temples
- Farm stands and farm cafe


13:00 Depart from JR Nara station
13:30 Arrive at JR Yanagimoto station
13:50 Trail starts from Tenri Trail center
14:00 Chogakuji temple
15:00 Hinohara shrine
15:40 O-Miwa shrine
17:00 Depart from JR Miwa station
17:30 Back to JR Nara station

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: JR Nara station

End location: JR Nara station

Duration: 4 hours

Half a day without lunch


by train

What’s Included

Other: The tour includes my guiding fee and assistance for the day.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

2000 JPY - lunch 1000 JPY per person
transportation from Nara to Yamanobe no michi 640 JPY per person
personal expenses

What’s Extra

Other: lunch, transportation


I do not have a license to drive my own car. If you rent a car by yourself at Kyoto station or JR Nara station, then I can drive the car, or I can also arrange for a taxi with a driver.

Private tour guide Chisato

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