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Transit in Yamato

Train

Kintetsu Osaka Line

This train runs east and west in Yamato. It’s the main way of getting around in the area. Trains run frequently. However, note that there are five different types of train: limited express [Tokkyu], rapid express [Kaisoku Kyukou], express [Kyukou], semi-express [Jyunkyu], and suburban semi-express [Kukan Jyunkyu], in addition to regular trains. Please refer to the route map. When coming from the direction of Osaka to Sakurai using Kintetsu, we recommend either the express [Kyukou] or rapid express [Kaisoku Kyukou] to save time. When going east from Sakurai to areas like Hasedera and Uda, there isn’t a big difference between the times the trains take because you’re not riding very far.

JR Sakurai Line

JR runs north and south through the center of Yamato. This line connects Nara Station to Yamato-Takada Station. Use this line when going back and forth between Nara and Sakurai or when you go to Miwa / Yamanobe areas. There are two trains an hour in the morning and evening, and only one train an hour otherwise. Almost all of the trains stop at every station.

Kintetsu Kyoto and Kashihara Lines

These lines runs north and south in the eastern part of Yamato. They connect Kyoto to Kashihara Jingu Shrine in Kashihara City, which neighbors Sakurai City. Use either the express [Kyukou] or limited express [Tokkyu] when coming from Kyoto. The express [Kyukou] takes about an hour. The limited express [Tokkyu] is 50 minutes, but you’ll need to pay extra.

Buses

Local buses are the best way to travel to sightseeing spots in Sakurai, Tounomine, and Uda areas. There really aren’t that many buses, so keep an eye on the time. Check the access column of each destination.

Free community bus (within Sakurai City only)

One-day passes to ride the Nara Kotsu route buses and Sakurai City community buses free of charge are distributed at the Nara Visitor Center & Inn.

Usage
Fill out the ticket with the date you’re using it on, then get on the bus from the rear door.
Check where the bus is heading, then press the button before the bus arrives at your stop.
When you get off the bus, show your free ticket to the driver, then exit out the front door.

Download the ticket flyer to learn more.(PDF:1.69MB)

Taxis

You’ll be able to pick up a taxi at any of the train stations. There are hardly any taxis on the streets or at the sightseeing spots, so it’s usually better to call one.

Miwa/Yamanobe Area - Sakurai/Tounomine Area - Hase Area

  • Hinomaru Kotsu
    Tel
    0744-42-3255
  • Sakurai Kotsu
    Tel
    0744-42-6571
  • Nara Kintetsu Taxi, Towa office
    Tel
    0743-63-1131
  • Tenri Hattori Taxi
    Tel
    0743-62-1666
  • Nagara Taxi
    Tel
    0743-66-0088
  • Nishimura Taxi
    Tel
    0744-32-2143
  • Himawari Taxi
    Tel
    0745-56-4188
  • Fuji Taxi
    Tel
    0744-32-2455
  • Miyake Kotsu
    Tel
    0745-44-4000

Uda Area

  • Nara Kintetsu Taxi, Uda office
    Tel
    0745-82-0155
  • Komiya Taxi
    Tel
    0745-84-2020
  • Ote Taxi
    Tel
    0745-94-2040


Climate

The climate isn’t too different from Kyoto or Osaka. The Uda area is a highland and can be a little cooler.


Currency Exchange/ATMs

The Nanto Bank

Currency can be exchanged at the following branches.

Currencies: US dollars, Euro, Canadian dollars, Australian dollars, South Korean won
* Exchange is capped at 500 dollars (USD, CAD, or AUD), 500 Euro, or 500,000 South Korean won per transaction

Hours: 9:00 to 15:00
Closed: Weekends and holidays

  • Sakurai branch
    Address
    281-4 Sakurai, Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture
    奈良県桜井市桜井281-4
    Tel
    0744-42-3355
  • Tenri branch
    Address
    303-1 Kawaharajocho, Tenri City, Nara Prefecture
    奈良県天理市川原城町303-1
    Tel
    0743-63-1811
  • Yuzaki branch
    Address
    690-1 Yuzaki, Kawanishicho, Shiki District, Nara Prefecture
    奈良県磯城郡川西町結崎690-1
    Tel
    0745-44-1881
  • Tawaramoto branch
    Address
    181-4 Honmachi, Tawaramotocho, Shiki District, Nara Prefecture
    奈良県磯城郡田原本町181-4
    Tel
    0744-32-8081
  • Haibara branch
    Address
    2439-6 Haibarahagihara, Uda City, Nara Prefecture
    奈良県宇陀市榛原萩原2439-6
    Tel
    0745-82-1501

Tenri Post Office

Sells: US dollars, Euro
Buys: US dollars, Euro, Chinese yuan, Canadian dollars, British pounds, South Korean won, Australian dollars, Swiss francs
* For purchases of foreign currency (bills), exchange is capped at no more than 300,000 yen (Japanese yen equivalent) per transaction.
For Chinese yuan, the limit is the lesser of 300,000 Japanese yen or 20,000 Chinese yuan.

Address
296-5 Kawaharajocho, Tenri City, Nara Prefecture
奈良県天理市川原城町296-5
Tel
0743-62-0804
Hours
9:00 to 16:00
Closed
Weekends and holidays

ATM(post office and 7-11)

* For the services above, you must present some form of legal ID (e.g., passport) to the bank/post office.


Restrooms

There are several public restrooms along the Yamanobe Road.
Please feel free to use the facilities listed below.
Furthermore, please see the PDF file for information regarding other restroom locations.

  • Omiwa Jinja Shrine Ni no Toriimae
    Address
    1422 Miwa, Sakurai City
    桜井市三輪1422
  • Anashi Public Toilets
    Address
    594-2 Anashi, Sakurai City
    桜井市穴師594-2
  • Hibari Park Area Public Toilets
    Address
    1352-1 Miwa, Sakurai City
    桜井市三輪1352-1
  • Tsubaichi Public Toilets
    Address
    544 Kanaya, Sakurai City
    桜井市金屋544


Lost and Found, Difficulties, Accidents, Etc.

Miwa/Yamanobe Area Sakurai/Tounomine Area Hase Area

  • Sakurai Police Department
    Address
    49-1 Miwa, Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture
    奈良県桜井市三輪49-1
    Tel
    0744-46-0110

Miwa/Yamanobe Area

  • Tenri Police Department
    Address
    22-4 Tabecho, Tenri City, Nara Prefecture
    奈良県奈良県天理市田部町22-4
    Tel
    0743-62-0110
  • Tawaramoto Police Office
    Address
    24-1 Shinmachi, Tawaramotocho, Shiki District, Nara Prefecture
    奈良県磯城郡田原本町新町24-1
    Tel
    0744-33-0110

Uda Area

  • Uda Police Office
    Address
    1953-1 Haibarahagihara, Uda City, Nara Prefecture
    奈良県宇陀市榛原萩原1953-1
    Tel
    0745-82-0110


Illness, Injury, Etc.

Miwa/Yamanobe Area Sakurai/Tounomine Area Hase Area

  • Uda City Hospital
    Address
    323 Abe, Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture
    奈良県桜井市阿部323
    Tel
    0744-43-5001

Miwa/Yamanobe Area

  • Tenri Hospital (Tenri Yorozu Sodansho “Ikoi no Ie” Hospital)
    Address
    200 Mishimacho, Tenri City, Nara Prefecture
    奈良県天理市三島町200
    Tel
    0743-63-5611
  • Kokuho Central Hospital
    Address
    404-1 Miyako, Tawaramotocho, Shiki District, Nara Prefecture
    奈良県磯城郡田原本町宮古404−1
    Tel
    0744-32-8800

Uda Area

  • Uda City Hospital
    Address
    815 Haibarahagihara, Uda City, Nara Prefecture
    奈良県宇陀市榛原萩原815
    Tel
    0745-82-0381


Information Centers

Sakurai/Tounomine Area

  • Sakurai Tourism Information Office
    Address
    Inside Kintetsu Sakurai Station
    近鉄桜井駅構内
    Tel
    0743-67-3810
    Hours
    8:30 to 17:00
    Closed
    Dec. 29 to Jan. 3

Miwa/Yamanobe Area

  • Tenri City Trail Center
    Address
    577-1 Yanagimotocho, Tenri City, Nara Prefecture
    奈良県天理市柳本町577-1
    Tel
    0743-67-3810
    Hours
    8:30 to 17:00
    Closed
    Dec. 29 to Jan. 3
  • Tenri City Tourism and Products Center (Kofufun Shop)
    Address
    816 Kawaharajocho, Tenri City, Nara Prefecture
    奈良県天理市川原城町816
    Tel
    0743-62-1206
    Hours
    8:30 to 16:00
    Closed
    Dec. 29 to Jan. 3
  • “Shiki no Sato” Tourism Station (Tawaramoto Tourism Association)
    Address
    193 Tawaramotocho, Shiki District, Nara Prefecture (right after leaving the east ticket gate at Tawaramoto Station on the Kintetsu line)
    奈良県磯城郡田原本町193
    Tel
    0744-33-4560
    Hours
    9:00 to 16:00
    Closed
    Tue.; Dec. 29 to Jan. 3

Hase Area

  • Hase Tourism Center
    Address
    1593-2 Hase, Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture
    奈良県桜井市初瀬1593-2
    Tel
    0744-44-3331
    Hours
    8:30 to 17:00
    Closed
    Tue., Wed.; Dec. 29 to Jan. 3

Uda Area

  • Uda Midokoro Uda City Tourism Information Office
    Address
    2427 Haibarahagihara, Uda City, Nara Prefecture
    奈良県宇陀市榛原萩原2427
    Tel
    0745-88-9049
    Hours
    9:00 to 17:00
    Closed
    New Year’s holidays
  • Roadside Station (Michino Eki) Udaji Ouda Akinoyado
    Address
    714-1 Oudahirou, Uda City, Nara Prefecture
    奈良県宇陀市大宇陀拾生714-1
    Tel
    0745-83-0051
    Hours
    9:00 to 19:00
    Closed
    New Year’s holidays
  • Mitsue Village Tourism Information Office
    Address
    6330 Kozue, Mitsuemura, Uda District, Nara Prefecture inside the Roadside Station (Michino Eki) Isehonkaido Mitsue
    奈良県宇陀郡御杖村神末6330 道の駅「伊勢本街道 御杖」内
    Tel
    0745-95-6126
    Hours
    10:00 to 16:00
    Closed
    Tue.


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Contact Us

Tourism & Development Division, Sakurai City Hall

Address
432-1 Odono, Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture
奈良県桜井市粟殿432-1
Mail
kanko@city.sakurai.lg.jp
Tel
0744-48-3110
Hours
8:30 to 17:15
Closed
Weekends and holidays

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