祈りと歴史を知る倶利伽羅散策. Kurikara walk to know history and the place of the prayer.





The Kurikara area is home to the Kariyasu and Uwano-dohata ruins (Jomon Period) and the Hichino tomb cluster (Yayoi Period), and has been a place for people to live since ancient times. In ancient times, the Hokuriku Road was built as a road leading to the capital, and was an important infrastructure for people’s lives. On this Hokuriku Road, approximately 12.8 km from Takenohashi, Tsubata-cho to Sakura-machi, Oyabe-shi is now recognized as a historical national road, the “Hokuriku Road. Widely popular as a hiking course, visitors can follow the “Historic National Road” information boards set up along the road from “Takebashi Exit” at Roadside Station Kurikara Genpei-no-Sato to “Haniu Exit”. Along the route, you can experience history from ancient times to the present day while visiting famous landmarks and historic sites in the abundant nature.

The most important historical event in the region was the Battle of Genpei Kurikara Pass at the end of the Heian Period (794-1185). In the Warring States Period, the battle between Sasa Narimasa and Maeda Toshiie was fought, and the ruins of Ryugamine Castle remain today as the site of the battle. In the Edo period (1603-1867), the Kaga Clan made a pilgrimage to the area, and Takenohashi prospered as an inn town. Matsuo Basho, a haiku poet of the Edo period, also visited this area.

When spring comes to Kurikara, about 6,000 double-flowered cherry trees bloom around Kurikara Fudo Temple. In autumn, the area is transformed into a carpet of colorful foliage. If you are lucky, you can even see Japanese serows near the IR Kurikara Station. Despite being near the top of Mt. Kurikara, there was a spring that quenched the travelers’ thirst. Even on a mountain less than 300 meters in altitude, beech trees can be seen. The area is thus rich in nature that attracts people.

The author, who lives in front of IR Kutsukara Station, was asked, “How do I get to the Kutsukara Pass?” Since I was a child, this recurrence on a daily basis has given me a desire to let more people know about Kurikara. I wondered if there was anything I could do to introduce Kurikara to the public, so I decided to open a website and disseminate information about it.

In a corner of the Ho-oh-den (Phoenix Hall) of the Kurikara-Fudo Temple, there is a “tiny Jizo-san” who is praying for everyone’s happiness.