The Road to Nanako Pass
The Road to Nanako Pass
This 6.8 km trail starts from Kure Town (which is famous for bonito pole-and-line fishing) and runs along the Osaka Valley River to Nanako Pass via the Osaka Rest Area. In general, the road is relatively flat and you can walk while enjoying the scenery of the riverside and the greenery of the mountains. However the mountain trail that climbs Nanako Pass is quite steep and the road is narrow, so be careful. Kure is a culturally valuable town, and the first fishing town in Japan to have its townscape designated as an "Important Cultural Landscape" by the national government. In addition, more than 200 Yoshino cherry trees have been planted near the Osaka Rest Area, making it famous for its beautiful cherry blossoms that bloom in early spring. Nanako Pass is about 300 m above sea level, so you can enjoy a sense of accomplishment and an outstanding view.
The Road to Nanako Pass（6.8km）
Spots to photograph
If you wish to receive a certificate, please take a photo that includes yourself at the designated photo point for each course.
Nearby sightseeing spots
The townscape of Kure
Kure has long been a fishing town known for its pole-and-line fishing method for bonito. There is a nostalgic atmosphere, seeing fishermen houses lined up around the cove where fishing boats are anchored. In 2011, it became the first fishing town to be designated an "Important Cultural Landscape" by the government.
Tsunami Evacuation Tower
The Tsunami Evacuation Tower to the east of Kure Hachimangu Shrine is a three-story tower made to prepare for a Nankai Trough megathrust earthquake. Its distinctive shape won it the Good Design Award. A pedestrian bridge connects the parking lot in the town of Kure to the tower. It is an unusual tsunami evacuation tower in that it can be accessed at any time and is also open to local residents and tourists as an observation facility at all times.
Osaka Rest Area
More than 200 Yoshino cherry trees have been planted in the vicinity of the Osaka Rest Area along the Osakadani River, a class B river that flows into Kure Port. Every year from March to April, when the flowers are in full bloom, it is crowded with people who come to see the cherry blossoms.
Aokizaka Five Ring Pagodas
This graveyard is said to belong to the Ikeda clan. On the upper level of the 50-tsubo (165 square meter) cemetery floor, five-ringed pagodas and stone Buddhas are neatly arranged in a row. It is designated as a tangible cultural property of Nakatosa Town.
A type of bamboo in the grass family. The chief producing areas in Japan are Kure and Hidaka-cho (Wakayama Prefecture). The rods are black, but they are green when freshly grown, and turn black from the beginning of autumn as their melanin pigment increases. It is used for fishing rods and crafts.
Nanako Pass straddles Kubokawa in Shimanto Town and Nakatosa Town and is considered a challenging spot. It is also a place where you can enjoy the scenery of the sea and mountains at the same time even in Kochi Prefecture, and it is a rest area for many drivers. From the bottom of the pass to the east-northeast, the valley continues along the river, and the straight line distance to the mouth of the river is about 5 km. If the weather is good, you can clearly see the verdant mountains, meandering valleys, and the deep blue sea from the observatory on the pass.