Horyuji Temple Trails - TRAIL

Horyuji Temple Trails - Trail, Oji, Japan

There are a few trails here, most are singletrack, some join old tractor tracks. Up the hill from the Horyuji temple, it''s flowing singletrack along the skyline. Great views of the surrounding valleys. The trails between the temples are popular with walkers, especially at weekends - it''s a ood little 2-3min downhill, but due to walkers isn''t recommended. However, the downhills described below are always empty.

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rjb1000   Cross Country Rider [Dec 11, 2006]

These trails are a fun mix of single track and wide trail/road. Trails were mostly well signed, with place names in English and frequent map displays along the way. The main ridge trail is indeed quite popular with the walking/hiking set, but was tolerable on a Monday. It appears one can make a loop of it to the north, staring at the junction just past the valley observation platform. I was unable to ride the full length of the single track from the top of Matsuo Mountain described in the above route due to a lack of daylight. However the short section from the top to the road was rather technical.

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A few notes on finding the trail: When going right at temple entrance, ride along the base of the temple wall. At corner of wall, turn left, follow wall up alley. This will eventually cross a wider path which goes back into the main temple (to your left) or into another part of the complex (to your right.) Look for the alley to continue ahead, but offset to your right. Take this alley, which eventually widens to a road, up to a T intersection. Go right at junction, then make quick left going uphill. You will see pond on Left, then cemetery on right. Continue up paved road until it makes a sharp left hand turn. The (signed) Matsuodera trail starts here.

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