In a mountainous area lies a village of Tenkawa in Yoshino in southern part of Nara. It features mountain ranges starting from Mt. Yoshino to Omine mountain ranges in my previous post and a gorge with beautiful views of the emerald green water and surrounding foliage.
From the gorge, we cimbed 観音峰 (mountain of Bodhisattva, Goddess of Mercy 1347m). On the way up the top, there is a torii, where there used to be a shrine closely connected with Southern Court. You can see the fusion of Buddhism and ancient Shintoism here as well.
It started raining lightly and gray vapors were hovering among mountains. It is not so clear but you can see the houses of the village below at the forehead of this picture. It is Tenkawa village. The scenery looked quite different from colorful world I saw on the way up here because of an overcast sky.
Climbing down the mountain, gray vapors rose from the bottom and veiled the colorful mountains gently.
Tenkawa or Yoshino is my favorite place. I'd like to visit it again soon.