A town that has existed since the 8th century

Uda is one of the oldest cities in Japan, located in in the Yamato Plateau. The name Uda is found in the oldest existing collection of Japanese poetry called Manyo-shu, which is said to be compiled around 759. The historical city has so many to visit——an ancient temple with a pagoda, a shrine where Dragon God is worshipped and so on.

Places to visit

Murouji Temple
Murouji is a Buddhist temple located in the village of Murou. The main Buddha of worship is Shaka Nyorai, the Buddha of Enlightenment. It is famous for its small pagoda, its history of accepting women worshippers at a time when they were largely forbidden. That is why it is also called “Nyonin Koya”, which means Mt. Koya for women.

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Five-storied pagoda at Murouji temple

Ryuketsu Shrine
Ryuketsu Shrine is located at the entrance to the valley a little way upstream along the Murou river from Murouji Temple. About 30 minute walk from the shrine takes you to the mysterious and sacred Dragon’s Cave where the Dragon God is said to live.

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Ryuketsu Shrine

Kissho Ryuketsu Cave worshipping Dragon God

Murou Art Forest
Visit Murou Village’s Art Forest and reawaken your imagination! The Murou Art Forest is a park with art installations designed to play with earth, air and light. A good spot for families or anyone seeking a rejuvenation of the spirit- don’t forget your picnic lunch and sunscreen!

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Murou Art Forest