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Takenouchi Kaido /Yokooji
Japan’s Oldest National Highway with a History of 1400 Years

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On the days of the spring and autumn equinoxes, the sun rises from Mt. Miwa, passes above Mt. Nijo, and sets in Osaka Bay. For this reason, the straight road from Osaka in the east to Nara in the west is known as the ‘Road of the Sun’.
The ‘Road of the Sun’, which is over 20 meters wide, was built by Emperor Suiko in 613 AD. In ancient times, missionaries from China arrived in Asuka City through Naniwa (present-day Osaka) along this road and introduced technology and Buddhist culture.
During the Middle Ages, the road connected many important trading towns, and in modern times it has flourished as a way station for people traveling on pilgrimages to the Grand Shrine of Ise in Mie Prefecture.
The Takenouchi Kaido/Yokooji historic road offers travellers, depending on the location, a fascinating variety of scenes and experiences.
Visitors to the heritage sites along this road will be able to encounter and appreciate the historical changes in the area over the past fourteen centuries.

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CULTURAL PROPERTIES

AREA

Osaka City, Sakai City, Matsubara City, Habikino City, Taishi Town (Osaka Prefecture)
Katsuragi City, Yamatotakada City, Kashihara City, Sakurai City, Asuka Village (Nara Prefecture)

ACCESS

Osaka City
  • Train
    • Subway Shin-Osaka Sta.(Midosuji Line)~Tennoji Sta.(Approx. 30min)
    • JR Osaka Sta.(Kanjo Line)~JR Tennoji Sta.(Approx. 20min)
  • Car
    • From the Tokyo Metropolitan Area to Tokyo IC(Tomei Expressway)~Gotenba CT(Shin-Tomei Expressway)~Kameyama JCT(Shin-Meishin Expressway)~Kadoma JCT(Kinki Expressway)~Higashi-Osaka JCT(Hanshin Expressway)~Tennoji Exit(Approx. 6hr)
    • From Kyushu Fukuoka IC(Kyushu Expressway)~Shimonoseki JCT(Sanyo Expressway)~Miki JCT(Hanshin Expressway)~Tennoji Exit(Approx. 8hr)
  • Airplane
    • JR Kansai Airport Sta.(Hanwa Line)~JR Tennoji Sta.(Approx. 30min)
    • Osaka Airport(Airport Bus)~Abeno-Bashi(Approx. 40min)
  • Express Bus
    • From Tokyo Shinjuku Sta.~Tennoji Sta.(Approx. 9hr)
    • From Fukuoka JR Hakata Sta.~Umeda Sta.(Midosuji Line)~Tennoji Sta.(Approx. 8hr30min)
Sakai City
  • Train
    • JR Shin-Osaka Sta.~Nanba Sta.(Subway Midosuji Line・Nankai Kouya Line)~Sakai-Higashi Sta.
  • Car
    • From the Tokyo Metropolitan Area to Tokyo IC(Tomei Expressway)~Gotenba CT(Shin-Tomei Expressway)~Kameyama JCT(Shin-Meishin Expressway)~Kadoma JCT(Kinki Expressway)~Higashi-Osaka JCT(Hanshin Expressway)~Sakai Exit
  • Airplane
    • JR Kansai Airport Sta.(Nankai Line)~JR Sakai-Higashi Sta.(Approx. 30min)
    • Osaka Airport(Airport Bus)~JR Nanba Sta. (Nankai Kouya Line) ~JR Sakai-Higashi Sta.
Matsubara City
  • Train
    • JR Osaka Sta.(Kanjo Line)~JR Tennoji Sta.(By Walk)~Kintetsu Osaka Abeno-Bashi Sta.(Minami-Osaka Line)~Kawachi-Amami Sta.・Nunose Sta.・Takaminosato Sta.・Kawachi-Matsubara Sta.
  • Car
    • From Osaka Suita IC(Kinki Expressway)~Matsubara Exit(Hanwa Expressway)~Matsubara City
    • From Nara Tenri IC(Nishi-Meihan Expressway)~Matsubara Exit(Hanwa Expressway)~Matsubara City
    • From Wakayama Wakayama IC(Hanwa Expressway)~Mihara-Minami Exit~Matsubara City
    • From Osaka Toyonaka IC(Hanshin Expressway)~Miyake Exit~Matsubara City
  • Airplane
    • Haneda Airport~Kansai International Airport~JR Kansai Airport Sta.~JR Tennoji Sta.(By Walk)~Kintetsu Osaka Abeno-Bashi Sta.(Minami-Osaka Line)~Kawachi-Amami Sta.・Nunose Sta.・Takaminosato Sta.・Kawachi-Matsubara Sta.
Habikino City
  • Train
    • Kintetsu Osaka Abeno-Bashi Sta.(Minami-Osaka Line)~Kintetsu Furuichi Sta.(Approx. 16min)
  • Car
    • Habikino IC(Minami-Hanna Road)~Habikino City Hall(Approx. 15min)
    • Fujiidera IC(Nishi-Meihan Expressway)~Habikino City Hall(Approx. 10min)
  • Airplane
    • Kansai International Airport~JR Kansai Airport Sta.~JR Tennoji Sta.(By Walk)~Kintetsu Osaka Abeno-Bashi Sta.(Minami-Osaka Line)~Furuichi Sta.(Approx. 1hr20min)
Taishi Town
  • Train
    • JR Osaka Sta.(Kanjo Line)~JR Tennoji Sta.(Approx. 20min)
    • Kintetsu Osaka Abeno-Bashi Sta.(Minami-Osaka Line)~Kaminotaishi Sta.(Kongo Bus)~Rokumaibashi Stop(Approx. 40min)
    • Kintetsu Osaka Abeno-Bashi Sta.(Minami-Osaka Line)~Kishi Sta.(Kongo Bus)~Rokumaibashi Stop(Approx. 50min)
  • Car
    • From Osaka (Hanshin Expressway) ~Matsubara JCT(Hanwa Expressway)~Mihara JCT(Minami-Hanna Road)~Taishi IC(Approx.40min)
  • Airplane
    • Kansai International Airport~JR Kansai Airport Sta.~JR Tennoji Sta.(By Walk)~Kintetsu Osaka Abeno-Bashi Sta.(Minami-Osaka Line)~Kaminotaishi Sta.(Kongo Bus)~Rokumaibashi Stop
    • Kansai International Airport~JR Kansai Airport Sta.~JR Tennoji Sta.(By Walk)~Kintetsu Osaka Abeno-Bashi Sta.(Minami-Osaka Line)~Kishi Sta.(Kongo Bus)~Rokumaibashi Stop
    • Osaka Airport(Airport Bus)~Abeno-Bashi~Kintetsu Osaka Abeno-Bashi Sta.(Minami-Osaka Line)~Kaminotaishi Sta.(Kongo Bus)~Rokumaibashi Stop
    • Osaka Airport(Airport Bus)~Abeno-Bashi~Kintetsu Osaka Abeno-Bashi Sta.(Minami-Osaka Line)~Kishi Sta.(Kongo Bus)~Rokumaibashi Stop
Katsuragi City
  • Train
    • Kintetsu Kyoto Sta.(Kintetu Kyoto Line)~Kintetsu Kashihara-Jingumae Sta.(Kintetsu Miami Osaka Line)~Kintetsu Shakudo Sta.(Approx. 1hr30min)
    • Kintetsu Abeno-Bashi Sta.(Kintetsu Miami Osaka Line)~Kintetsu Shakudo Sta.(Approx. 30min)
  • Car
    • From Osaka (Hanshin Expressway)~Katsuragi IC(Approx. 30min)
  • Airplane
    • Osaka Airport (Hanshin Expressway)~Katsuragi IC(Approx. 60min)
    • Kansai International Airport(Hanshin Expressway)~Katsuragi IC(Approx. 60min)
Yamatotakada City
  • Train
    • Kintetsu Osaka-Uehonmachi Sta.(Kintetsu Osaka Line)~Yamatotakada Sta.(Approx. 30min)
    • Kintetsu Osaka Abeno-Bashi Sta.(Minami-Osaka Line)~Kintetsu Takada-shi Sta.(Approx. 30min)
    • JR Tennoji Sta.(Yamatoji Line)~JR Takada Sta.(Approx. 40min)
  • Car
    • From Osaka(Nishi-Meihan Expressway)~Kashiwara IC(Rouote165)~Yamatotakada City(Approx.60min)
    • From Osaka(Nishi-Meihan/Hanwa Expressway)~Mihara JCT(Minami-Hanna Road)~Katsuragi IC~Yamatotakada City(Approx.30min)
    • From Nagoya(Higashi-Meihan/Meihan Expressway)~Hari IC~Koriyama IC~Kashihara-Kita IC~Yamatotakada City(Approx.2hr)
  • Airplane
    • Kansai International Airport(Airport Bus)~Kintetu Takada-shi Sta.(Approx.1hr)
    • Kansai International Airport~JR Tennoji Sta.~Kintetsu Osaka-Abenobashi Sta.(Minami Osaka Line)~Kintetu Takada-shi Sta.
  • Express Bus
    • Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal~Kintetu Takada-shi Sta.、Kintetu Yamatotakada Sta.
Kashihara City
  • Train
    • Kintetsu Kyoto Sta.(Kintetsu Kyoto Line)~Kintetsu Yamatoyagi Sta.(Approx.1hr)
    • Kintetsu Osaka-Namba Sta.(Kintetsu Osaka Line)~Kintetsu Yamatoyagi Sta.(Approx.40min)
    • Kintetsu Nagoya Sta.(Kintetsu Nagoya Line)Kintetsu Ise-Nakagawa(Kintetsu Osaka Line)~Kintetsu Yamatoyagi Sta.(Approx.2hr)
    • JR Osaka Sta.(Osaka Kanjo Line)~JR Tsuruhashi Sta.~Kintetsu Tsuruhashi Sta.(Kintetsu Osaka Line)~Kintetsu Yamatoyagi Sta.(Approx.40min)
  • Car
    • From Osaka(Nishi-Meihan Expressway)~Koriyama-Shimotsumichi JCT(Keinawa Expressway)~Kashihara-Kita IC
    • From Osaka(Hanwa Expressway)~Mihara JCT(Minami-Hanna Expressway)~Katsuragi IC~Yamatotakada BP
    • From Kyoto(Hanshin Expressway)~Yawata-Kyotanabe JCT(Shin-Meishin Expressway)~Joyo JCT(Keinawa Expressway)~Kizu IC(Route 24)~Koriyama-Minami IC(Keinawa Expressway)~Kashihara-Kita IC
    • From Nagoya(Higashi-Meihan Expressway)~(Meihan Expressway)~(Nishi-Meihan Expressway)~Koriyama-Shimotsumichi JCT(Keinawa Expressway)~Kashihara-Kita IC
  • Express Bus
    • From Tokyo Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal~Yamatoyagi Sta.(Approx.8hr)
    • Kansai International Airport(Airport Bus)~Yamatoyagi Sta.(Approx.1hr)
Sakurai City
  • Train
    • Kintetsu Osaka-Uehonmachi Sta.(Kintetsu Osaka Line)~Kintetsu Sakurai Sta.(Approx.40min) 
    • JR Osaka Sta.(Yamatoji Line)~JR Nara Sta.(Sakurai Line)~JR Sakurai Sta.(Approx.1hr10min)
    • Kintetsu Kyoto Sta.(Kintetsu Kyoto Line)~Kintetsu Yamatoyagi Sta.(Kintetsu Osaka Line)~Kintetsu Sakurai Sta.(Approx.1hr)
    • JR Kyoto Sta.(Miyakoji Line)~JR Nara Sta.(Sakurai Line)~JR Sakurai Sta.(Approx.1hr10min)
    • Kintetsu Nagoya Sta.(Kintetsu Nagoya Line)~Kintetsu Yamatoyagi Sta.(Kintetsu Osaka Line)~Kintetsu Sakurai Sta.(Approx.2hr)
  • Car
    • From Osaka Kashiba IC(Nishi-Meihan Expressway/Route 168/Route108)~Sakurai City(Approx.1hr)
    • From Osaka Matsubara JCT(Nishi-Meihan Expressway)~Kashiba IC(Route 168/Route105)~Sakurai City(Approx.1hr)
    • From Osaka Matsubara JCT(Hanwa Expressway)~Mihara JCT(Minami-Hanna Expressway)~Katsuragi IC(Route24/Route165)~Sakurai City(Approx.1hr)
    • From Osaka Matsubara JCT(Nishi-Meihan Expressway)~Tenri IC(Route169)~Sakurai City(Approx.1hr)
    • From Nagoya (Higashi-Meihan Expressway)~Tenri IC(Meihan Expressway/Route169)~Sakurai City(Approx.2hr10min)
  • Airplane
    • Kansai International Airport~JR Kansai International Airport Sta.(Hanwa Line)~JR Tennoji Sta.(Osaka Kanjo Line)~Kintetsu Tsuruhashi(Kintetsu Osaka Line)~Kintetsu Yamatoyagi Sta.~Kintetsu Sakurai Sta.(Approx.1hr40min)
    • Kansai International Airport~JR Kansai International Airport Sta.(Hanwa Line)~JR Tennoji Sta.(Yamatoji Line)~JR Oji Sta.(Wakayama Line)~JR Takada Sta.(Sakurai Line)~JR Sakurai Sta.(Approx.2hr)
  • Express Bus
    • Kansai International Airport(Airport Bus)~Sakurai Sta.(Approx.1hr40min)
Asuka Village
  • Train
    • Kintetsu Osaka-Abenobashi Sta.(Kintetsu Minami Osaka Line)~Kintetsu Asuka Sta.(Approx.40min)
    • Kintetsu Kyoto Sta.(Kintetsu Kyoto Line)~Kintetsu Kashihara-Jingumae Sta.(Kintetsu Minami Osaka Line/Yoshino Line)~Kintetsu Asuka Sta.(Approx.40min)
    • Kintetsu Nagoya Sta.(Kintetsu Meihan Line)~Kintetsu Yamatoyagi Sta.(Kintetsu Kashihara Line)~Kintetsu Kashihara-Jingumae Sta.(Kintetsu Minami Osaka Line/Yoshino Line)~Kintetsu Asuka Sta.(Approx.2hr)
  • Car
    • From Osaka Matsubara JCT(Nishi-Meihan Expressway)~Tenri IC(Route169)~Asuka Village(Approx.40min)
  • Airplane
    • Kansai International Airport~JR Kansai International Airport Sta.(Hanwa Line)~JR Tennoji Sta.(By Walk)~Kintetsu Osaka-Abenobashi Sta.(Kintetsu Minami Osaka Line/Yoshino Line)~Kintetsu Asuka Sta.(Approx.1hr40min)
    • Kansai International Airport(Airport Bus)~Kintetsu Yamatoyagi Sta.(Kintetsu Kashihara Line)~Kintetsu Kashihara-Jingumae Sta.(Kintetsu Minami Osaka Line/Yoshino Line)~Kintetsu Asuka Sta.(Approx.1hr30min)

CONTACT

  • Planning Division, Osaka City Construction Bureau
  • TEL:06-6615-6573
  • Public Works Management Division, Sakai City Construction Bureau
  • TEL:072-228-7416
  • Tourism Promotion Division, Sakai City Culture and Tourism Bureau
  • TEL:072-228-7493
  • Cultural Properties Division, Sakai City Culture and Tourism Bureau
  • TEL:072-228-7198
  • Matsubara City Tourism Division
  • TEL:072-334-1550
  • Policy Promotion Division, Habikino City Mayer’s office
  • TEL:072-958-1111
  • Taishi Town Community Development Division
  • TEL:0721-98-5521
  • Katsuragi City Commerce and Tourism Division
  • TEL:0745-69-3001
  • Yamatotakada City Industry Promotion Division
  • TEL:0745-22-1101
  • Kashihara City World and Japan Cultural Heritage Utilization Division
  • TEL:0744-21-1114
  • Sakurai City Community Development Division
  • TEL:0744‐48-3110
  • Asuka Village Industry Promotion Division
  • TEL:0744-54-2001

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