A Central Location for
Enjoying Outdoor Activities
Kawakami Village, Nara Prefecture, located at the headwaters of the Yoshino River and surrounded by mountains like Mt. Omine and Odaigahara. It is a terrific place to enjoy outdoor activities. We will introduce some activities that you can easily enjoy while staying at Asahikan.
Designated as one of the hundred great mountains of Japan, Odaigahara has some of the most precipitation in the world. Its peak offers a great view of the Owase Bay and Mt. Omine, a designated World Heritage site.
Registered as a World Heritage site in 2004. This mountain is the birthplace of Shugendo, with Ominesan-ji Temple and lodges on its summit. Even to this day, women are prohibited from entering this sacred mountain.
This mountain has long been known as a famous place to see flowers, and its vast number of cherry blossoms are a gorgeous site. It is even said to be the best place in Japan to see cherry blossoms. Its hydrangeas and colored autumn leaves are also very beautiful.
Appearing pointed from the east-west direction, this mountain is referred to as the Matterhorn of Kansai. With rime ice that is particularly beautiful, this mountain is a popular destination for mountain climbers in the winter.
Put on your helmet, turn on your headlamp, and head into a new world. Both children and adults can explore these natural caves with a certified instructor, and experience an out-of-the-ordinary, mysterious darkness with their five senses. This has recently become a very popular activity!
You can enjoy kayaking on the Otaki Ryujin-ko reservoir. Unlike a river, there is no flow of water in the reservoir, so it is easy for beginners and people who are less physically-inclined to paddle around the reservoir with an instructor, and enjoy the fantastic nature only found in Kawakami Village.
Outdoor activities aren’t the only things to enjoy at Asahikan. Enjoy reading near the green of the inner garden, with the soft sounds of birds and the wind rustling through the trees. As you stroll through the hamlet where Asahikan is located, think about all of the lodges that once filled this townscape. We hope you can experience this lovely lifestyle woven into nature.