Kochi Roads of Shikoku

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

Signboard of "Osaka Rest Area"

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

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    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.

  • 2
    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Black bamboo

    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.

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    Nanako Pass

    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.

Special System to recognize The Roads of Shikoku travelers

Travelers who have completed a prefectural route
Under this system, a certificate is issued to everyone who has completed all the routes of the The Roads of Shikoku on foot in a single prefecture.
If you wish to receive this certificate, please take a photo of yourself (the applicant) at the designated photo checkpoints (the mark for photo checkpoints) along each route. After gathering the required photos for all the routes, write a simple comment on your thoughts regarding the route on each photo as well as your address, full name, age, and the dates on which the photos along the route were taken, and submit them to the representative for the prefecture where the route is found.
After reviewing your application, we will issue you a certificate for having completed the prefectural course.
Travelers who have completed all routes in Shikoku
If you have completed all the routes in the four prefectures of Shikoku, please submit your certificate for each of the four prefectures to the representative for any prefecture.
After reviewing your application, we will issue you a certificate for having completed all routes in Shikoku.

Click here to contact the representative for each prefecture

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