Minamiyamashiro is located in the south of Kyoto.
The Kizugawa River flows quietly through the center of the lush green hills.It is a picturesque area. The area was once the capital of Japan, and the center of Japanese politics. Also, as a corridor between the two capitals of Kyoto and Nara,Minamiyamashiro is a “treasure trove of cultural assets” that has nurtured its own unique history and culture. Enjoy an authentic experience that can only be found here.


Four famous spots that Minamiyamashiro is proud of

激動の時代の首都 恭仁京
Capital in turbulent times


In 740, Emperor Shomu moved the capital from Heijokyo to Kunikyu.
At that time, the entire society was shrouded in anxiety due to famine, earthquakes, smallpox outbreaks, and rebellions, and during this turbulent period when the nation was at a turning point, Kunikyu became the center of politics.
Symbolizing the upheaval, the capital was moved repeatedly after that, and now the cornerstone of Daigokuden, which remains on the ruins of Kunikyu, still stands as a reminder of those days.

Tono Stone Buddha Village


In the latter half of the Heian period, many monks gathered here to practice their Buddhist faith due to its connection with Nara.
Over time, the hermitage where the monks lived transformed into a temple and became known as ”Pagoda Ridge,” and today it is known as the “Tono Region.”
The area around Joruriji Temple and Gensenji Temple in the Tono area is dotted with stone Buddha statues such as “Waraibotoke” and “Ichiganfudo,” allowing you to take a stroll through the mountain village scenery while feeling the history.

Kaijyusenji Temple


Kaijyusenji Temple is located in the mountains overlooking Kunikyu, where Emperor Shomu moved his capital from Heijokyo, and from the precincts you can see the Kizugawa River, which was once called Izumikawa. The national treasure five-storied pagoda was built during the Kamakura period, and is characterized by the fact that it has a mokoshi floor on the first floor, and a central pillar that is built above the first ceiling. In addition, the principal image, the eleven-faced Kannon standing statue, dates from the Heian period and is designated as an important cultural property.

Gansenji Temple


The origin of the temple is said to be Amida-do Hall, which Gyoki built in the Nara Period at the request of Emperor Shomu.The principal image, the seated statue of Amitabha Nyorai (Important Cultural Property), is nearly 3 meters tall and is made from a single piece of wood, and is known as one of the most representative Buddhist statues of the 10th century.
Additionally, the three-storied pagoda (Muromachi period) is said to be a masterpiece of the late medieval period and is designated as an important cultural property.


三方を山に囲まれ、南に川がながれているという、当時の都を置く上で理想の地だったと考えられています。のちに万葉集を編纂したことで著名な大伴家持も、若手官人として恭仁宮におり、「今造る久迩の都は山川のさやけき見ればうべ知らすらし(いまつくる くにのみやこは やまかわの さやけきみれば うべしらすらし)」と詠み、聖武天皇が都を置くのももっともだという歌を残しています。いまも美しい『恭仁宮-KUNIKYU-』をご体感ください。

Surrounded by mountains on three sides and with a river flowing to the south, it is thought to have been an ideal location for the capital at the time. Otomono Yakamochi, who is famous for compiling Manyoshu at a later date, was a young government official at Kunikyu. He wrote a tanka poem: “The newly created capital of Kuni no miyako, with its pure mountains and rivers, is truly the place where Emperor Shomu will reign as his capital”. Please experience Kunikyu, which is still beautiful.

Joruriji Temple


The area in the southeastern part of the city, near the prefectural border with Nara Prefecture, has been called Odawara since ancient times, and in the late Heian period, many monks gathered here to practice their Buddhist faith, living in hermitages in hilly valleys and peaks. Odawara was largely divided into two parts, east and west, with Zuigan-ji (abandoned temple) in the center and a cluster of sub-temples and hermitages in the east. The western part is also called Nishi-Odawara, centering on Joruriji Temple. According to temple records, the temple was first built in the Nara period by Emperor Shomu, who ordered the monk Gyoki to build it. On the other hand, the record of Joruriji Temple, "Joruriji Jiruki" (Important Cultural Property), tells that the temple was founded in Eisho 2 (1047) by Gimei, a monk from Toma, enshrining Yakushi Nyorai (Buddha of Healing).


Experience events around famous places


3つのWabisabi Experienceプログラムを通して幻の都「恭仁宮-KUNIKYU-」を体感いただける秋のプレミアムイベントです。


11:00~16:00 ※最終日 15:00まで
開催場所:史跡 恭仁宮跡(京都府木津川市加茂町例幣)≫Google map
シャトルバス待機場所: 東口ロータリー

The phantom capital “KUNIKYU”
Wabisabi Experience

This is a premium autumn event where you can experience the phantom city of KUNIKYU through three Wabisabi Experience programs.

Thursday, November 23 - Saturday, November 25, 2023

11:00am - 16:00pm *The last day : until 15:00pm
Venue: The ruins of Kunikyu (Reihei, Kamo-cho, Kizugawa City, Kyoto Prefecture)
≫Google map
Access: 30 minutes walk from JR YAMATOJI Line “Kamo” station
Shuttle Bus Waiting Area: JR Kizu Station East Exit Rotary
→Please go out the ticket gate and turn right (East Exit).
 Go down the escalator on the left at the end of the floor and wait in front of the signboard.
Free admission to the event (Some are paid services.)


25日(土)6号15:00 木津駅からはご乗車いただけません。
Saturday, November 25 Shuttle number 6 15:00 dep, You cannot take this from JR Kizu station

Enjoy MANGA about Kunikyu:PDFデータ


Timetrip Experience

●【古都の魅力を体感する散策ツアー「KUNIKYU Mini VOYAGE 」】 :無料/30分 (※11/23,25のみ)

Timetrip Experience
●*Timetrip on your smartphone*
Yamashiro Kokubunji/Seven-story pagoda AR experience
Free of charge/15min
●Tenpyo costume experience ~Thinking about the Nara period~
Charge: JPY 1000/60min
●A journey to experience the charm of the ancient capital 「KUNIKYU Mini VOYAGE 」
Free of charge/30min(11/23,25 only)
●Tile Making Experience : JPY 500/30min
○Exhibition of excavated items : Display of valuable artifacts excavated from the ruins of Kunikyu (11/23,25 only)
○TSURIMISE:Set a store that originated in Kizu city Tono area and sells harvested vegetables and other items hanging from the shelves.

Tea Experience


Tea Experience
●Matcha Art Experience : JPY 1000/30min
●Nodate matcha experience : JPY 1000/30min
※We also plan to sell local tea sweets and Kakinoha zushi(Persimmon leaf sushi), so you can enjoy them as well.

Flower Experience

●【恭仁宮-KUNIKYU- 花みくじ】:500円/15分

●Flower art production experience (*November 23rd only) JPY 500/30min
●Kunikyu Flower Fortune : JPY 500/15min
○Flower Experience (Art viewing) : Kunikyu Daikokuden , Admire art inspired by Manyoshu(11/24&25 only)

●:体験プログラム ○:コーナー紹介

●:Experience program ○:Introduction

岩船寺 -Gansenji Temple-【ライトアップ】

-本物のJapanese Cultureを体感-

風情漂う「当尾の里・岩船寺-Gansenji Temple-」で、本物の日本文化を体感いただけるライトアップ企画です。 -千紫万紅- 色とりどりの花が咲き乱れる色鮮やかな様子をご堪能ください。


※最終受付20:45まで ※本堂内は拝観いただけません
場所:岩船寺(木津川市加茂町岩船上ノ門43)≫Google map
シャトルバス待機場所: 東口ロータリー



-Gansenji Temple - Light up event

-Experience authentic Japanese culture-Senshibankou
”Coming about the flowers of Manyoshu”

This is an illumination project where you can recite the flowers of the Manyoshu and experience authentic Japanese culture at the elegant Gansenji Temple.
-Senshimanko- Please enjoy the vivid colors of colorful flowers blooming in abundance.

Friday, December 1st - Sunday, December 3rd, 2023
*Cancelled in case of stormy weather

Regular viewing: 9:00-16:00 *Reception until 15:45
Light up: 17:45~21:00 (lights on at 18:00) *Reception until 20:45
Venue: Gansenji Temple (43 Iwafune Kaminomon, Kamo-cho, Kizugawa City)
≫Google map
Access: During the illumination event, a shuttle bus will be operated from JR Kizu Station.
Shuttle Bus Waiting Area: JR Kizu Station East Exit Rotary
→Please go out the ticket gate and turn right (East Exit).
 Go down the escalator on the left at the end of the floor and wait in front of the signboard.
We have a small gift for shuttle bus users.

Viewing & admission fee: 1500 yen

<About using the camera stand>
In order to avoid crowding in the shrine grounds, the hours during which camera stands (tripods, monopods, etc.) can be brought in will be as follows.
Drop-in time: 19:30-21:00
*Camera stands (tripods, monopods, etc.) may only be brought in during the hours listed above, regardless of whether they are used or not.


浄瑠璃寺 -Joruriji Temple-<事前予約制>


南山城の国宝「浄瑠璃寺-Joruriji Temple-」。自然に囲まれた夜間の静寂な境内で、九体阿弥陀仏と向き合える贅沢な機会です。

2024年1月14日(日) / 15日(月)※荒天中止


浄瑠璃寺 夜間特別拝観ツアーの申込みはこちら:

Joruriji Temple

Joruriji Temple Special night tour

Joruriji Temple is a national treasure in the Yamashiro area. This is a luxurious opportunity to come face-to-face with the nine Amida Buddha statues in the quiet precincts at night surrounded by nature.

Sunday, January 14th / Monday, January 15th, 2024
*Cancelled in case of stormy weather

Venue: Joruriji Temple (Nishi Elementary School, Kamo-cho, Kizugawa City)

[Special viewing on Sunday, January 14th / Monday, January 15th, 2024]
Joruriji Temple -Joruri-ji Temple- Click here to apply for the special night tour:

古都の魅力を体感する旅 「MINAMIYAMASHIRO VOYAGE(ボヤージュ)」<事前予約制>



2024年1月14日(日) / 20日(土)


MINAMIYAMASHIRO VOYAGE, a journey to experience the charm of the ancient capital

The City of Illusion Excavation experience at “KUNIKYU”

Through lectures by experts and excavations at real historical sites, this is a tour that can only be experienced here, where you can touch actual artifacts excavated from the capital approximately 1,300 years ago.

Sunday, January 14th / Saturday, January 20th, 2024

Destination: Kizugawa City, Kyoto Prefecture
Click here to apply for the Kunikyu Excavation Premium Tour: