参勤交代の道「宮津街道」 Ancient Miyazu 'Sankinkotai' Road
Please look at the sketch map below. The part called 'Fuko Pass Stone Paved Road' (普甲峠石畳道) is an early modern period (from the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1568-1600) to the end of the Edo period(1603-1868)) road that runs from Gando (岩戸) to Fuko Pass (普甲峠), crosses the prefectural road (府道) and runs southwest, crosses the prefectural road again and then reaches 'Naka-no-Chaya' (中ノ茶屋). To this day, the stone pavement remains in places.
In times gone by, this road was invariably used for the so called 'reverse order route' for the 33 Kinki Kannon temple pilgrimage. Now it's a bit rough, but It is said that it still had grass on both sides up until the postwar days and was used as a horse trail.
To begin with, out of strategic necessity Takahiro Kyogoku, a warlord of the Miyazu domain at the beginning of the early modern ages, relocated the Kyoto road to here and in those days it was called Ima-Fuko Road (Current Fuko Road). Before that, the route from Kanayama through Chaya-ga-naru was used. That road was called Moto-Fuko Road (Former Fuko Road) after Ima-Fuko Road was completed. This road was also still traversable postwar.
That was intersting.
I learnt a lot.
I imagined the life of people centuries ago.