This section follows the old highway through Chikatsuyu Village along the south side of Mt. Takao, gradually climbing over 200 meters in elevation.
If you need a break, to the northwest of the Chikano Elementary School is the lovely cafe Bocu, a macrobiotic restaurant.
In the shrine grove of Tsugizakura-oji are the massive Nonaka-no-Ipposugi cedar trees. The shrine grove and its old-growth trees were saved from destruction by Minakata Kumagusu during the early 20th century.
The Nonaka-no-Shimizu spring, one of the 100 famous waters of Japan, is located just below the shrine. The Toganoki-jaya Teahouse is located next to the sanctuary.
Distance: 4 km
Time: ~1 hr 15 mins
※Walking times vary. Please plan accordingly.
Difficult rating: 1.5
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Access: Buses run from Kii-Tanabe and Shirahama to Chikatsuyu. Bus Timetable #1 (Eastbound), Bus Timetable #2 (Westbound). There are two bus stops in the Tsugizakura-oji area: the main one is Nonaka-no-Ipposugi located on Highway #311 (a 20-minute walk), and the other is the Nonaka-no-Shimizu bus stop close to the Nonaka-no-Shimizu spring. Note: most buses run on Highway #311, so double-check bus timetables.
Nearest bus stop: Chikatsuyu-oji (Start), Nonaka-no-Ipposugi (Finish)
Accommodations: Irorian Minshuku is between Chikatsuyu and Tsugizakura-oji. Minshuku Tsugizakura is close to Tsugizakura-oji. Minshuku Nonaka Sanso is located next to the Nonaka-no-Ipposugi bus stop on Highway #311. Nonaka accommodations >>
Maps: Chikatsuyu Village map, Nakahechi East area map