NATAGIRI-TOGE
(Natagiri Pass)


This 470 meter high pass was formerly known as the "Twenty-seven Hairpin Pass," an indication of the steep incline. The pass got its name from its resemblance to the "natagiri" headgear worn by forest workers and hunters. At the top is an ancient cryptomeria tree (known as Komochi-sugi/child bearing cryptomeria), a small alcove containing a Jizo (Buddha for protecting children), and a monument to haiku poet Matsuo Basho who once traveled over the pass.

on the road from Obanazawa City Miyazawa to Mogami Town Mitsuzawa; 40 minutes by car from Oishida Station