Former   Residence of   the Yagyu

Clan's   Retainer

The luxurious Ishigaki (Stone wall) seen on the west side of the road was built by Tenpo 12 (1841) in Ishigaki (at the house of Mr. Oyamada, a former elder( 家老小山田氏 ) who regained the finances of the former Yagyu production). It was passed down to him in 1959, but it soon became the property of author Yamaoka Sohachi( 山岡壮八 ) in 1984.

This place was also used as the location for NHK Taiga drama "Haru no sakamiichi (Spring Slope)" that aired in 1964. It was donated to Nara City by Yamaoka Kenji ( 山岡賢

二 ) and his wife by the will of Mr. Yamaoka Sohachi( 山岡壮八 ) in 1975. Nara City restored this in 1959 and exhibited the document as a part of the main house and released it to the

public. Yagyu Travel association(柳生観光協会) is presently located here.

Yanagi forest

Yanagi Forest(柳の森) is a place that became the origin of Yagyu. It is said that when someone left a cane, the cane miraculously became a willow tree. Since then, this place has been called the “willow forest(柳の里).”

It is said that"Yagyukyo" (楊生郷) was used in the reformation of Taika.

But, it changed to "Yagyu" (柳生) during an imperial system of the government called 'Kenmu no chuhkou (建武の中興) . Because, the Emperor Godaigo was defeated in the


event of war in the Nanboku period.

Jyubei's cedar

It is believed that Mr.Yagyu Jyubei Mitsuyoshi planted an ancestral graveyard before leaving for a trip.

At the time when the tree was about 350 years old. However this tree died because it was struck by lightning twice. Now, the second tree has been growing sideways.

the ruins of the Yagyuhan

These are the ruins of the agyuhan(柳生藩), built by Mr.Yagyu Munenori over 3 years (until 1642/Kanei 14).

According to the "Yagyuhan diary", the building area was 452m2(1374 Tsubo/坪) and the front area has a bamboo gate.

The house was extended to maintain later by Mr.Yagyu Munenori.

Unfortunately, the house was completely burned by a fire during 1747,

people tried to rebuild it but somehow disappeared which was due to the system of

Haihan( 廃藩の説明? ) in Meiji.

The remains are kept as a historical park in June 1959.

*tsubo: a measurement used to measure the size of the land in Japan (1 tsubo = 3m 2 )

Yagyu hanashobu(Japanese iris)garden

The Yagyu Hanashobu(Japanese iris) Garden (an area about 10,000 m 2 ), located near the ruins of the Yagyu Shrine, will be open for a limited period of time.

There are about 800,000 thousand flowers with about 460 varieties.

There are beautiful blue, purple, white and yellow shrubs and hydrangea bloom entirely

throughout the fields.

Opening / Early to late May Flowering inquiry: 0742-94-0858 

Separately, the details are introduced on the Yagyu Hanashobu garden home page


The younger brother of Yagyu Jubei, Munefuyu created the Yagyu Yasaka Shrine in Yagyu. He donated a stone torii gate to worship the god of Budo(Marishite/ 摩利支天 ) on the

hill. However, the original gate was already gone.

You can see the relief of Marishitensan which is made of stone since 2009.

You can enjoy the view of the town of Yagyu from the Mt.Marishiten.

Jingozan   Houtokuji   temple

You can enjoy a 360 degree view of the village of Yagyu from the Bodhi Temple for Yagyu family: which is located on the top of the mountain.

In the early Edo period (1638), Mr.Yagyu Munenori asked to Takuan osho( 沢庵和尚 ) to build a temple to mourn over his father in the Mt.Jingo.

In the main hall, there are statues of Mr. Yagyu Munenori and Takuan Osho on the left and right side with the Statue of Amida Nyorai in the middle.

In addition, materials related to Yagyu are displayed in the reference room.

The graveyard   for Yagyu 


The graveyard of the Yagyu family was originally in Tsukifukisan  Chuguji temple (now Yagyushimocho, Nara City), but was re-embedded with the establishment of Hokutokuji

temple, and 80 of the gravestones of the Yagyu family's generations in the graveyard of Hokutokuji temple.

Masakisaka   Kenzen Dojo

Just below Hokutokuji temple, there is a Kendo Dojo (practice building) that inherits the

name of Masakisaka Dojo, which is said to have a total of about ten thousand disciples trained by Yagyu Jyubei.

It was built in 1954(Showa 40) in the doctrine of Kendo and Zazen(meditation) that leads

to the spirit "Kenzenicchi" of the spirit of the Yagyu Sinkageryu with the efforts of the previous-senior officer Hashimoto Sadayoshi.

The roof and pillar of the Nara District Court, was originally located in Kofuku-ji Bettou Ichijoin.The main entrance in Dojo was newly remodeled a relocated the entrance from Kyoto Shoshidai.

Yagyu Castle( the ruins of

the old castle )

The peak of the mountain is the ruins of Yaryu castle from the south side of Hokutoku-ji Temple. The remains are some parts of fortless, horikiri (moat with water surrounding castle to keep off the invasion of enemies) and clay wall.

Amanoiwatate Shrine

This is a Shinto shrine that located in Koiwadani in Yagyu-cho and it has been revered as a divine body without having a main shrine.

According to the tradition, there is a myth that Tajikarano no mikoto( 手力雄命) opened the door of AmanoIwato( 天岩戸 ) with all his might , and that door flew to here.

It is also known as the training place of the Yagyu family, and it is said that the reverence of the successive Yagyu family was used.


It is divided into two in the center by a huge stone of about 7 m square in Koiwadani.

It is said that there was a Tengu in Koiwadani.

And during the training,Yagyu Sekisyusaimunetoshi ran into the tengu and divided it into two; therefore is called the “Ittoseki after age.”

Kenzuka(the old castle mountain)

It is said that during the time of the Genko war( 元弘の乱 ) (when Hojo's army attacked the emperor against at Mt.Kasagi), Mr.Yagyu Nagaharu hold up in Mt.Kasagi for food supplies.

There are Kenzuka(剣塚) on the top of the mountain where enshrines the 13 of Japanese swords and the spirit of the sword.

This is due to the occurrence of a local soldier's association in Soekamigun nanakamura ,

and prayed for good fortune for the Imperial Army in the case of Manchurian Incident.

In addition, as the name of the old castle mountain(古城山), the area around Kenzuka

where still remains the castle ruins such as L-shaped Horikiri(堀切) clearly.

The stone   statue of   Ataya

On the right side Amida-nyorai( 阿弥陀如来 ) was said which could help people who asked surviving from an epidemic disease. It was believed by so many people.

This Amida-nyorai was made in late of Kamakura period .

It is said that if Tofu is served to Jizo, it assists women to give birth to a baby and when a baby is born, the family makes a thousand beads to return its gratitude.


大昔、柳生の隣村である大柳生阪原に才智に長け、田畑を多く所有し、その財力と才智で水路を開いた庄屋 斉藤甚蔵がいました。柳生藩主は彼の才能を恐れ、無実の罪をかぶせて処刑に処した際に、甚蔵は「三年の間に柳生を灰にする」と言って死にました。藩主はこれを恐れて毎夜不審番を警戒しましたが、三年後の最後の晩に、陣屋は火事となり灰になりました。藩主はおおいに恐れて、陣屋跡の自然石に供養の為に石仏を刻んだと伝えられています。