A journey to meet Lady Nukata

Unebiyama (Yamato Sanzan)

The three mountains of Kaguyama, Unebiyama, and Miminashiyama are celebrated in the Man’yoshu, Japan’s oldest anthology of poetry. They are also jointly designated as a Place of Scenic Beauty by the Japanese government. Unebiyama is an extinct volcano with the distinction of being the highest of the three Yamato Sanzan mountains. Legend has it that Emperor Jimmu, the first emperor of Japan, built his palace at the foot of this mountain. Today, the area around Unebiyama comprises the quiet forest of Kashihara Jingu Shrine and Emperor Jimmu’s mausoleum. The three Yamato mountains were mentioned in a poem supposedly alluding to a love triangle involving Lady Nukata, Prince Nakano-oe, and Prince Oama.


11 min. walk from Kintetsu Unebigoryomae Sta.