Trek to fully enjoy the mountain beauty of Japan and the romance of ancient times.

The village of Ikaruga is in the northwest of Nara Prefecture.

It has a long history as a center of transportation in Japan. The area is surrounded by nature with the Yata Hills in the north and local rivers to the east, west and south and is easily accessible from Osaka and Kyoto.

Trekking in this area encapsulates the romance of history not only through the temples and shrines, but in Mount Matsuo from Horyuji Temple to Matsuo Temple known as the oldest site in Japan to ‘ward off evil’. Evading bad luck is a Japanese custom from time long past. Basically, it refers to having a prayer said to avoid calamities and live a life without major problems.

Here’s the cool part

Japan Holidays has an intimate knowledge of Ikaruga as it’s the hometown of one of our staff.

Exclusive optional experiences can be added to your itinerary to ensure your time in Ikaruga is an amazing, authentic and totally awesome adventure for the whole family.

The path in the direction from Horyuji Temple up Mount Matsuo is an easy hiking course. Walking through the peaceful forest whilst enjoying the historical landmarks and getting some exercise is a perfect way to spend time in Ikaruga. Because the area has a concentration of temples with historical and cultural value, being shown around by a Guide will really help you to learn about them. You will be surprised at how knowledgeable the guides are and how much they add to your experience. Advanced bookings are necessary.

This area is not only suited for Trekkers but also for Flower lovers. There is a flower garden in the grounds of Matsuo Temple where roses from various parts of the world grow. The best times to visit for flower viewing depend on the type of flowers.  Roses are peak bloom (at Matsuo temple) in May, Hydrangea are best viewed (at Yata temple) in June to early July, the popular Cherry blossom (at Mt. Mimuro ) in late March to early April and Cosmos, the signature flower of Ikaruga, can be seen all throughout Ikaruga town in October.

One of the appealing aspects of this route is that it is dotted with Japanese style cafes and tea rooms. Enjoy the lasting memories in a café full of Japanese ambience.

download Ikaruga Historical Nature Trail – Nara 3 Walk

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Trek the breathtaking beauty of rural Japan with a local guide, meeting with local people

Availability:  January to December
Price per person:  From $A 1100 per person
Trip level:  Active


  • View national treasures and cultural properties away from the crowds

  • Experience a tea ceremony in a traditional tea house

  • Be a part of local festivals in March & October

  • Choose from a selection of exclusive Japan Holidays optional Experience Tours to include

  • Stay in Japanese-style accommodation


  • 2 Nights accommodations at 4-star Ryokan style accommodation

  • 2 Dinners, 2 Lunches (Picnic Lunch or Bento box) & 2 Breakfasts

  • Tea ceremony experience at a traditional tea house near Horyuji temple

  • Private Guides
    – 3.5 hours guide on day one, include Horyuji temple visit & tea ceremony
    – 4 hours guide on day two
    – 5 hours guide on day three

  • Return Transfer between JR Horyuji station to accommodation (Ryokan)


  • Flights

  • Beverages with meals not included

  • Entrance fees to museums & temples

  • Single room supplement if required

Tour Map

Welcome to Ikaruga

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