Stroll through the Ohji area of Takenouchi Kaido and the old Yamamoto residence

Takenouchi Kaido is a highway with a total length of about 30 km from Sakai City to Katsuragi City in Nara Prefecture.
*This video was taken in October 2020.

①By train, etc.:
From Kintetsu Nagano Line “Kishi Station” or Kintetsu Minami-Osaka Line “Kaminotaishi Station”, get off at Kongo Bus “Rokumaibashi” and walk 15 minutes.
② If you go by car:
Park your car at the roadside station “Chikatsu Asuka no Sato” and cross the adjacent bridge to get to the main road area of Takenouchi Kaido.
The road is narrow, so tourists should avoid driving by car.
There is a “Takenouchi Highway History Museum” along the highway, and we were kindly advised about nearby attractions and sightseeing spots.
*Location of the museum: 1855 Yamada, Taishi-cho, Minamikawachi-gun, Osaka Phone: 0721-98-3266

History of the Takenouchi kaido:
The Takenouchi Kaido is a highway with a total length of about 30 km, which runs from Ookoji in Sakai City to Nagao Shrine in Katsuragi City, Nara Prefecture. It is the oldest national highway in Japan, marked with the words, “There is a great road leading to
It has played an important role on the front stage of history since ancient times.

This Takenouchi kaido leads to Yokooji, which crosses the Nara Basin from east to west, and even after the capital was moved to Fujiwara-kyo, it was actively used, and the Japanese envoy to Sui Dynasty Ono no Imoko and foreign delegations passed through this road. rice field.
In addition, the latest culture and technology that arrived at the port of Namba was transported to Asuka (the end of the Silk Road) through this road, and it prospered as a “diplomacy road”.

In addition, as the faith of Prince Shotoku flourished, Prince Shotoku’s mausoleum along the highway and Eifuku-ji Temple, which protects it, became a sacred place and the area was bustling with people as a ‘road of faith’.

During the Edo period, pilgrimages to Ise, Omine, and Taima became popular, and signposts were built along the road as a “road of religion”, and inns and teahouses were lined up.

In the Meiji period, the southern part of Osaka became Sakai Prefecture, and when Sakai Prefecture annexed Nara Prefecture, the importance of roads increased as “economic roads” for transporting goods.
For this reason, Takeuchi Pass underwent major renovations. The monument is still left on the old road of the pass.

The Takenouchi kaido has changed its role with the times. In the midst of these changes, the signposts and Ise lanterns that remain along the old road still convey the bustle of the old road.