Ohara is a tranquil rural village in the mountains north of Kyoto, about an hour (20 kilometers) from Kyoto Station by bus. In addition to several fine temples, the village is perfect for leisurely strolling.
Autumn Foliage at San’zen’in in Ohara © tadashiokoshi
Ohara Area Description:
Sandwiched between the Hira-san-kei Mountains to the east and the Kitayama Mountains to the west, Ohara is a lovely valley that retains some of the rural charm that many visitors to Japan seek. The highlight is the superb Sanzen-in Temple, but there are also several smaller temples scattered about.
Things To Do And See in Ohara
- Sanzen-in Temple
Sanzen-in is easily one of the best daytrips out of Kyoto – a superb collection of Buddhist images hidden up in the hills north of the city
Ohara’s second major attraction is the intimate temple of Jakko-in, which is reached by an impossibly scenic walk through the traditional village of Ohara
Places To Stay In Ohara
- There are a couple of onsen (hot spring) hotels in Ohara – see either Booking.com or Agoda.com for more details and a location map
Getting to Ohara
- By bus from Kyoto Station: Take Kyoto bus #17 or #18 (one hour, Y580). Note, board a tan Kyoto bus, not a green Kyoto city bus.
- By bus from Sanjo-Keihan Station: Take Kyoto bus #16 or #17 (45 minutes, Y470). Note, board a tan Kyoto bus, not a green Kyoto city bus.
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