A journey to meet Empress Jito

Japan HeritageKiji Road (Koseji Road)

This ancient imperial road goes all the way from Asuka to Kiino-kuni (today Wakayama Prefecture and part of Mie Prefecture). Empress Jito took this road and bathed in the hot springs of Muro in Kishu Shirahama. Immigrants from China and the Korean Peninsula passed along this road and settled in the area that is now Takatori Town. Kiji Road led to the mouth of the Kinokawa River and played an important role as a highway of exchange with China and the Korean kingdoms. The Asuka area became the location of Japan’s capital in part because of this easily accessible route with the outside world.


Kashihara-shi, Takatori-cho, and Asuka-mura