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Kashihara (橿原) [2] is a city in located in the north-western part of Nara prefecture.

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Kansai International Airport is the closest airport from Kashihara. Trains are the easiest way to access to Kashihara from the airport. The first step is to get a JR train to Tennoji station, where you can get off and walk to Kintetsu Abenobashi station. Express trains depart twice an hour towards Yoshino, running to Kashihara in 40 minutes at a cost of ¥610. Limited express services to Kashihara take 35 minutes and require an additional ¥500 surcharge.

If you are coming to Kashihara from Narita International Airport, you should get to Tokyo station and catch Shinkansen to Kyoto station, where you can change trains to the Kintetsu line.

Kashihara city's two main train stations are Yamato-Yagi (大和八木) to the north, and Kashiharajingu-mae (橿原神宮前) to the south. Both are served by Kintetsu.

Yamato-Yagi: This is a major train station for Kintetsu, as it is where the Osaka and Kashihara lines intersect. From Kyoto, there are two limited express trains per hour, one of which reaches Kashiharajingu-mae (see below). The Limited Express runs to Yamato Yagi in 45-50 minutes. Slower express trains also leave twice per hour, reaching Yamato-Yagi in about an hour. The fare is ¥860, plus ¥870 if on the limited express.

Most trains from Osaka leave from Uehonmachi station. Express services leave three times per hour, reaching Yamato-Yagi in 35 minutes (¥540).

Kintetsu limited express trains also operate from Nagoya. Services run hourly (half-hourly during the evening) from Kintetsu Nagoya, running to Yamato-Yagi in approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. The cost of this trip is ¥3520. This is the best way from Nagoya, as taking a bullet train to Kyoto and then taking a Kintetsu train from there would take the same amount of time, but would cost double.

Kashiharajingu-mae: Hourly limited express runs operate from Kyoto Station, reaching Kashihara in 50 minutes. Slower express trains run more frequently and make the run in about 75 minutes. There are usually two direct trains to Kashihara, or else change at Yamato-Saidaiji station. The fare is ¥860, plus an additional ¥870 if travelling on the limited express.

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  • Fujiwarakyo (藤原京), the first Chinese-style palace in Japan built on the land covering this city in 694 AD. Since then it was the capital of Japan until 710 AD, when the palace was moved to Heijōkyo (contemporary Nara).
  • Kashihara Shrine (橿原神宮), the Shinto shrine where Emperor Jimmu, the legendary first Emperor of Japan, acceded to the throne. It is located at 934, Kumecho, Kashihara, Nara 634-0063.
  • Imai Town (今井町)

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Souvenir shops are in and around main train stations. Cheese processed in a manner done in the Asuka Era (飛鳥の蘇) is one of the products of Kashihara.

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There are many modes of restaurants for residents, visitors and travellers, ranging from traditional Japanese to Chinese and even some famous Western food chains such as McDonalds.

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  • Kashihara Royal Hotel, 652-2, Kumecho, Kashihara, Nara, 634-0063., +81-744-28-6636, [1]. checkin: 3:00 pm; checkout: 11:00 am.  edit

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