A small riverside castle town

Uda Matsuyama

Important Preservation District
for Group of Traditional Buildings


The town originates from a castle town that developed along the river. Traditional sake breweries and soy sauce shops, cafes in refurbished old houses, and shops from the old days of the 20th century line the town. It is as if time has stopped. The town has developed many unique traits such as Yoshino Kuzu, medicinal herb gardens, and more. Enjoy the little pocket of culture that has developed in this mountain village.


25 minutes from Sakurai Station on the Kintetsu Osaka Line Fare ¥730
Kintetsu Sakurai Station → (Express [Kyukou] bound for Nabari / Isuzugawa 10 minutes) → Haibara Station → Bus Stop Haibara Station platform 1 →(Nara Kotsu Bus Ouda 15 minutes) → Immediately after getting off at Ouda
Sightseeing Duration
1 hour - 2 hours

Jinja Shrine

Constructed around 90 B.C.;
registered national treasure


This shrine came to prominence due to its dedication to one of the guardian water deities found at all four cardinal points of Yamato (east: this shrine; west: Katsuragi Mikumari Jinja Shrine; south: Yoshino Mikumari Jinja Shrine; north: Tsuge Mikumari Jinja Shrine). The main hall, composed of three gorgeous, red pavilions, was built in the Kamakura period (1185–1333) and is listed as a national treasure.

Utano Aki-Matsuri

This festival has history of more than one millennium. Once every year on the third Sunday of October, in order to visit Hayaakitsuhiko no Mikoto (male deity) of Udanomikumari Jinja Shrine, Hayaakitsuhime no Mikoto (female deity) of Sosha Mikumari Jinja Shrine rides a mikoshi (portable shrine) on the 12 km round-trip to his shrine with an entourage of tasseled spears, flower baskets, and mikoshi taiko drums. One of the most powerful sights during the festival is seeing the six taiko drum platforms - each weighing around one metric ton - marching in from every part of Utano district to be paraded around the shrine grounds with cries of, “Chosaya!”


Your choice
Admission Fee
245 Utanofuruichiba, Uda City, Nara Prefecture
25 min. from Sakurai Station on the Kintetsu Osaka Line (Fare: ¥760)
Sightseeing Duration
30 min.