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Ruins of Motoyakushiji Temple
©AFLO, Hideaki Tanaka
Clusters of water hyacinths grow on a 1.4- hectare paddy field near the ruins of Motoyakushiji Temple, a special historical site registered on Japan's Tentative List of World Heritage Sites. To the west, one can enjoy the view of Mt. Unebi, one of the three mountains of Yamato (considered places of scenic beauty,) with the Yamato Aogaki quasi-national park further at the back. Water hyacinths are a type of water grass that floats on the surface of the water and has purple flowers. The view of the purple flowers spreading all over the paddy field is an absolutely marvelous sight.
Kinodo-cho, Kashihara, Nara
Aug., Sep., Oct.
They blossom fully around September. The flowers bloom in the morning as the sun rises, and wither away by night. The next morning, new buds blossom. It is characterized by the extremely colorful view created by the new flowers blossoming every day. The flowers may not bloom on the next day depending on the sunlight.
10-min. walk from "Unebi Goryo-mae Station" on the Kintetsu Kashihara Line
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