The Otokuni region consists of Muko City, Nagaokakyo City, and Oyamazaki Town. It is known as the birthplace of Princess Kaguyahime and has rich bamboo forests. Tennozan, the site of the battle between Hideyoshi Hashiba and Mitsuhide Akechi in the Warring States period, is also very famous. With museums and archives, this is an area where one can enjoy history and nature with all one's being.
Otokuni Area Cycle Route Information
Address | Terado-cho, Muko-city, Kyoto
Bamboo Path is a 1.8 km-long bamboo forest path in the Muko hills. The path is lined with eight types of bamboo fences, including "Takehogaki," made by bundling bamboo branches, and "Kaguyagaki," inspired by the twelve-layered robe of Princess Kaguyahime.
Address | 65 Kitayama, Muko Town, Muko City, Kyoto
The shrine was built in the Nara period (710-794) and is also called Mukohi Myojin. The main shrine, built in the Muromachi period (1333-1573), is designated as a National Important Cultural Property. The 300-meter stone-paved approach to the shrine is famous for its cherry blossoms and autumn leaves.
Address | 2-15-13 Tenjin, Nagaokakyo-shi, Kyoto
It is said that the Nagaoka Tenmangu Shrine began when a wooden statue presented by Sugawara Michizane was enshrined here as a sacred object. Hachijogaike Pond spreads out in the precincts of the shrine, and from mid to late April, Kirishimatsutsuji (azaleas) bloom on both sides of the middle bank (about 70 meters), attracting visitors from all over the country.
Address | 13-1 Shoryuji, Nagaokakyo-shi, Kyoto
This urban park was built in 1994 on the site of the former Shoryuji Castle and was selected as one of the "100 Best Historical Parks in Japan. Every year in November, the Nagaokakyo Galasha Festival is held, which recreates the procession of Tamama (Lady Galasha), who once spent time at the Shoryuji Castle.
Address | Yawata Zaioji, Yawata City, Kyoto
Located near the confluence of the Kizu, Uji, and Katsura Rivers, it is a vibrant facility where people, goods, and information meet as a base for inter-regional exchange, regional promotion, and sightseeing tours. As a rest stop located at the node of the Katsura, Kizu, and Yodo Rivers Cycling Paths, it attracts many cyclists.