A Perfect Weekend in Murou
Close to both Nara City and Kyoto and bordering Mie Prefecture, Murou is rich in history and natural beauty. Its location and fertile farmlands coupled with its abundance of sand-iron for making weapons, made it popular with aristocratic families. To discover all the secrets of Murou, it’s worth staying for a weekend.
- Murouji Temple
- The small pagoda here is beautiful whatever the season. History & Culture Murouji Temple
The main attraction is Murouji Temple, known as the Koyasan for women. When many temples did not allow female pilgrims access, Murouji Temple welcomed them, and it’s been a female power spot ever since. Of course, men are more than welcome. The small pagoda is perfectly framed by flowers or autumn leaves, according to the season.
the beautiful gardens include a striking Buddha figure carved into a cliff face
Murouji Temple can be reached by bus from Muroguchi-Ono Station, or there is a pleasant nature trail that takes around 2 hours and leads through Murou Art Forest. However you decide to get there, stop in at Ohnoji Temple, near the station. Famous for its weeping cherry blossom trees in spring, the beautiful gardens include a striking Buddha figure carved into a cliff face.
- Ohnoji Temple
- A small but beautiful temple especially known for its cherry blossom trees. History & Culture Murouji Temple
sculptures designed to be climbed, touched and explored
Murou Art Forest is a cutting-edge art venue with sculptures designed to be climbed, touched and explored, including man-made islands, bridges, spiral stairs and man-made forests. A short walk from Murouji Temple, it is worth a visit.
- Murou Art Forest
- Art lovers and explorers will love the huge art park. History & Culture Murouji Temple
beautifully restored farmhouse
To relax, unwind and truly experience Murou, it's worth staying overnight. Sasayuri Ann is a beautifully restored farm house booked out to just one group at a time. The nearest station is Akameguchi Station, just 5 minutes from Muroguchi-Ono Station. If you call in advance, your hosts will meet you there.
- Sasayuri Ann
- Enjoy a private retreat at this chic, simple farmhouse. Rental Properties Uda
At Sasayuri Ann, you can opt for a Michelin star meal or a rustic country hot pot, take a morning yoga class or even try your hand at rice farming. Of course, you can just sit out on the wide wooden veranda with a drink and enjoy doing nothing at all.
vivid green in summer and golden in autumn
If you’re visiting the Murou area by car, it’s just 30 minutes from Sasayuri Ann to the stunning Soni Highland area; or you can take a bus from nearby Nabari Station. Vivid green in summer and golden in autumn, the sweeping plateau is ideal for a leisurely hike.
- Soni Highland
- Hike up Mt. Kuroso for spectacular views of the area. Nature & The Outdoors Soni Highland
After stretching your legs and exploring the lush green plateau, you can relax at Okame-no-yu Onsen, a hot spring centre with mountain views from the outdoor baths.
- Okame-no-yu Onsen
- Relaxing and refreshing, a soak in an onsen is the perfect way to end the day. Onsen & Public Baths Soni Highland
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