Nakakaido highway

The tourist spot that I will introduce today is Nakakaido road in Nara. Nakakaido road was once a arterial highway.
[ Nakakaido roadside ]
There is a street called Naka-kaido in Nara.
There is a small shrine called Hayabusa-jinja near the northern end of the Naka-kaido.


The fence in front of the shrine has a board that written an explanation about the Naka-kaido.

A board that written an explanation about the Naka-kaido

According to that explanation, until around the early Showa era (around 1920),there was many merchants in the street.
There are a few of buildings that can be thought of as remnants of the merchants.

Old merchant's house

When you go the street about 100 meters from the shrine, there is an elementary school on the left side and there is the "Kobaien" on the right side.

A shop named Kobaien

Now we have various writing instruments.
However, in the past, there were only fude(writing brushes) and sumi(Chinese inks) in Japan.
It is said that a Buddhist priest of Goguryeo conveyed it in 610 AD.
These have been made in temples for a long time.
After that, sumi were made in villages and towns.
This is the oldest sumi-maker in Japan.
This is a company that had produced a Japanese candle.
[ Nakakaido ]
Let's go from Kintetsu Nara Station to the Naka-kaido.
There is a passage to exit 4 on the right side where you left the ticket gate west of Kintetsu Nara station.
When you leave the passage, there is Mitsubishi UFJ Bank in front, and the street extends to the left.

Mitsubishi UFJ Bank

The street is Konishi Sakuradori street.

Konishi Sakuradori street

The street is from here to Sanjo-dori street.
But the street continues to the south.
The street is the Naka-kaido (Middle Highway).


In the past, there were three arterial highways going to the south from Heijo-kyo in Nara.
It is the Kamitsu-michi highway that goes south from the eastern end of Heijyo-kyo, the Simotsu-michi highway that goes south from the Suzaka Great Road in the center, and the Nakatsu-michi highway that goes from the middle to the south.
The distance between the Kamitsu-michi highway and the Nakatsu-michi highway was about 2,100 m, and the distance between the Nakatsu-michi highway and the Shimotsu-michi highway was about 2,100 m.
It is estimated that the width of the Kamitsu-michi highway was about 43 m.
About 1200 years ago the capital moved from Heijo-kyo in Nara to Heian-kyo in Kyoto.
After that, Heijo-kyo moved away, the center of Nara moved around Kofukuji and Nara-machi town.
As a result, the Simotsu-michi highway that was connected to Suzaku-Oji of Heijo-kyo turned to the east along the way and became the way to the east side of Nara-machi.
That is the Naka-kaido street.

[ Approximate Latitude and Longitude of tourist spots etc. ]
On Google Maps, you can examine the location by latitude and longitude.
The following latitudes and longitudes are not officially announced, they are what I examined.
So they may be wrong.
(1)Hayabusa-jinja shrine N34.681827 E135.827665
(2)Kobaien N34.680663 E135.827538

(February 2, 2018)