Kuragari Pass is a well-trodden path that once connected Osaka and Nara, and has been used since the 8th century
Kuragari Pass was originally used for transporting goods and by pilgrims traveling to Ise-jingu Shrine. These days, it is more likely to be used by weekend hikers looking for a break from the big cities.
- The monuments dedicated to the Manyoshu, Japan's oldest extant collection of poetry
- The contemplative Amitabha Tathagata statue
- Sekibutsuji Temple and its granite sculpture
A car is necessary to get to the area. Use Route 308 and head west from Nara 20 minutes to reach the pass.
Traveling the Kuragari Pass
At only four kilometers, it is widely believed to be the shortest road linking Nara and Osaka . Many travelers nowadays skip the hiking and take a taxi the short distance.
This doesn't mean that you should skip the hike. Although it is a bit more strenuous, it is well worth doing, as one of the highlights of the pass is the magnificent view of Awaji Island , Kansai International Airport , and parts of Osaka from the top of the pass.