What to do and see in Tenri, Japan: The Best Places and Tips

November 21, 2017 Roger Rusk

Discover the best top things to do in Tenri, Japan including Isonokami Jingu, Hasedera Temple, Nara Visitor Center & Inn, Yamanobe Street, Omiwa Shrine, Todai-ji Temple, Tenrikyo Church, Chogaku-ji Temple, Oyamato Shrine, Tenri Univeristy Sankokan Museum.
Restaurants in Tenri

1. Isonokami Jingu

384 Furu-cho, Tenri 632-0014, Nara Prefecture +81 743-62-0900
Excellent
29%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 81 reviews

Isonokami Jingu

Reviewed By shinobu - Hiroshima

Is a famous shrine, worshipers are rare.
It a deserve be called "sanctuary".
The shrine is surrounded by beautiful nature, chickens are free-range.
Shrine with the old history.
Is a possible to feel the complex political environment of the time.
Admission is not required.
It is possible to get the amulet to pray for "revival".

2. Hasedera Temple

731-1 Hatuse, Sakurai 633-0112, Nara Prefecture +81 744-47-7001
Excellent
59%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 254 reviews

Hasedera Temple

Hase-dera is also nicknamed a flower 's temple, so it came to be called so because flowers do not go through throughout the year like cherry blossoms, peony, hydrangeas, autumn leaves in autumn. As I go through the mountain gate, I climb a long corridor called Erawing, and in Nara I can visit the main hall (Kannondo) next to Todaiji Temple. There will be a big Kannon exceeding 10 meters. The view from the outside stage where the three sides are surrounded by Mountains is a word of great view.

Reviewed By Tweetcoz - Melbourne, Australia

We did a loop from Nara to Mt Yoshino to Muro dam to Muroji then lastly to Hasedera and back to Nara.
We hired a car and it was worth the 500 yen pp to enter this temple and 500 yen for car parking.
Steps under a beautiful wooden covered walkway to the top temple and the balcony at the top offers a magnifier view over the tree tops and surrounds.
There's 2 ways down. The longer way takes you to a Pagoda. We took the shorter way as we were losing light.
The views from the bottom looking up is also gorgeous. All the magnificent colors.

3. Nara Visitor Center & Inn

3 Ikenocho, Nara 630-8361, Nara Prefecture +81 742-81-7461
Excellent
85%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 228 reviews

Nara Visitor Center & Inn

Nara Visitor Center & Inn is located in the midst of Nara. Right on the edge of Sarusawa Pond, the location offers wonderful views of the changing seasons. Nara Visitor Center & Inn provides tourists visiting Nara a great place to relax and interact along with the opportunity to discover and experience the city’s cultural and sightseeing riches.

Reviewed By SydneyGlobetrotter09 - Sydney, Australia

Great location, 10-min walk from the Kintetsu station and easy walk to Nara Park and historic areas for shopping. Large room by Japanese standards (only downside is brick pillows and some carpet stains/dated fittings). Clean and quiet. Extremely friendly staff, very helpful and informative in English. Convenience store located on ground level of same building and several cultural activities on offer. Highly recommend.

4. Yamanobe Street

Mishima-cho, Tenri 632-0015, Nara Prefecture
Excellent
46%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 45 reviews

Yamanobe Street

Reviewed By Johan17 - Haarlem, The Netherlands

We walked the entire Yamanobe-no-Michi trail starting from the free parking (!) place near the entrance of the Omiwa Shrine torii. And about 10 minutes walk from JR Miwa station that can be reached from Nara (or Tenri) on either the JR Line or the Kintetsu Line.
This trail was originally part of the Shinkaido, an ancient route from Tokyo. You really have to look out for the signs. We missed the first sign and returned at our starting point. It appeared that a small Delivery truck was parked blocking sight of the sign / route marker.
It is a beautiful route / trail / track taking you through small villages, along rice fields, shrines, memorials, emperor's burial places, etc.
Very recommendable. Although we walked it on the 12th of October it was sunny and warm (26C), so we were happy to have taken the route to the North (with the sun in our backs).
I have written separate reviews on the shrines on our route.

5. Omiwa Shrine

1422 Miwa, Sakurai 633-0001, Nara Prefecture +81 744-42-6633
Excellent
54%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 236 reviews

Omiwa Shrine

Reviewed By AsukaSaki - Osaka

Omiwa Shrine was built directly at the foot of Miwa-yama (467-meter-high Mount Miwa), and is one of the oldest extent Shinto shrines in Japan. The shrine has a worship hall, but no place for the deity to be housed, because it is believed to serve Miwa-yama itself.
We can find a big torii gate with a height of 32 meters, the second highest in Japan, on the national highway 169. A gravel approach lined with Japanese cedars, pine and camphor trees led us to a sacred compound of the shrine.
There are not only a lot of free parking lots but fine and affordable local cuisine restaurants around the big torii gate. We had a grated yam over rice for lunch after praying for our good luck.

6. Todai-ji Temple

406-1 Zoshicho, Nara 630-8211, Nara Prefecture +81 742-22-5511
Excellent
69%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 4 reviews

Todai-ji Temple

Reviewed By Hongkongboy55 - Richmond, Canada

No matter you are a Buddhist follower or not, this is a place that worth to visit. Built in Nara period, 710-749 AD, the temple was officially positioned as one of the state-established provincial temples. No need to worry about the deer wandering in the garden, they won't bother unless you want to buy biscuit for them to eat.

7. Tenrikyo Church

271 Mishimacho, Tenri 632-0015, Nara Prefecture
Excellent
43%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 26 reviews

Tenrikyo Church

Reviewed By amarilloannie - Provo, Utah

The Tenrikyo sect, revealed to Miki Nakayama in October of 1838 has grown to more than three and a half million world wide members. Its purpose is to teach the Joyous Life to all of mankind. The city of Tenri was established by the sect and includes not only the central sanctuary and headquarters, but dorms for adherents both local and visiting, elementary and secondary schools, and a major hospital. A visit to the unadorned sanctuary is worth the short train ride.

8. Chogaku-ji Temple

508 Yanagimotocho, Tenri 632-0052, Nara Prefecture +81 743-66-1051
Excellent
35%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 31 reviews

Chogaku-ji Temple

Reviewed By Johan17 - Haarlem, The Netherlands

We visited Chogaku-ji on the yamanobe-no-michi trail. You have to pay a small entrance fee here. It is a nice temple complex and there are many cats roaming around.

9. Oyamato Shrine

306, Niizumicho, Tenri, Nara Prefecture +81 743-66-0044
Excellent
20%
Good
60%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 15 reviews

Oyamato Shrine

Reviewed By 寺谷町 - 高槻市

ほぼ国道169号線沿い西側に鎮座する神社、おおやまとじんじゃと言う。式内社で官幣大社と格式があります。一の鳥居から木々に囲まれた玉砂利の参道を行くと二の鳥居がありそこを入ると境内で立派な拝殿があります。戦艦大和が同名で当社の分霊が艦内に祀られていたことも有名です。平安初期までは天照大神を祀る伊勢神宮に次ぐ広大な社領を有していたが平安遷都や藤原氏隆盛などにより衰微し、中世には全社領を失い、明治になって再興されたそうです。今は立派な社領です、一度お詣りをお薦めします。

10. Tenri Univeristy Sankokan Museum

250 Morimedocho, Tenri 632-8540, Nara Prefecture +81 743-63-8414
Excellent
16%
Good
59%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 12 reviews

Tenri Univeristy Sankokan Museum

Reviewed By Kazuo-Tomi - Montreal, Canada

My focus was in the Japanese immigrant area where I could check the ingenuity of Japanese people when faced with local adversities. There are many objects, since kitchen itens until musical instruments, homemade, adapted with local resourses, trying to have some Japanese facilities.

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