Yagyu Kaido is an ancient road toward to the village of Yagyu from the city centre in Nara and pass thorough the valley between Mt. Kasuga and Mt. Takamado.
Yagyu Kaido has 3 hiking courses which are called Takisaka-no-Michi path, Kengo-no-Michi Path and Yagyu-Kasagi-no-Michi Path.
Kengo-no-Michi Path runs from Enjoji Temple to Yagyu village, which is known for its master swordsmen and also the birthplace of Yagyu Shinkage School of Swordsmanship.
Kengo means “Sumurai” in Japanese.
It is approx. 9km long to hike and takes approx. 2.5-3 hours without visiting temples.
Please note that the path will lead you to the Kaeribasa-toge pass which has steep inclines and declines. Please wear suitable clothes for the hike such as hiking boots.
The highlight of Kengo-no-Michi Path is Enjoji Temple and Amano-iwadate-jinja Shrine.
Enjoji Temple is a starting point of Kengo-no-Michi Path, which is famous for the statue “Dainichi Nyorai,” carved by a Japanese master sculptor by the name of Unkei.
A picturesque Jodo-style garden is also must-see point there!
Especially in the autumn, some leaves will turn red and it makes the garden more beautiful.
Amano-iwadate-jinja Shrine is known as the natural worship shrine. There is no main sanctuary building, instead megaliths have been enshrined. According to the legend, one of a megalith that is split in two is said that Muneyoshi Yagyu, the founder of Yagyu Shinkage School of swordsmanship, cut it in two with a single stroke of his sword during a battle against Tengu, the legendary creature.
The Kengo-no-Mich path provides you peaceful and relaxed hike in rural area in Nara.
As there are not a lot of bus operation a day, please check the bus schedule and make your hiking plan in advance.
Have a safe and enjoyable hike!