Tamba Sasayama Cycling⑨ーOld highway route to go through Fukusumi and Kumobe

This is a course to fully enjoy the historical town view of Fukusumi, that is designated as a traditional architectures preservation district. You might find your favorite café or restaurant. Take your time and enjoy!

 

Overview

Total distance 41.9km
Estimated time 3 hrs
Difficulty Level ★★★☆☆

Map


Red marking is JR Sasayamaguchi station.

 

Spots to visit

❶Sasayama’s old highway

Yakami old highway, where tasteful old buildings line the  roadside. Not much traffic, so it is easy to ride bicycles.

❷Fukusumi

Fukusumi area used to be a post town from Sasayama castle to Fukusumi area used to be a post town from Sasayama castle to Kyoto.  In December 2012, the area was designated as a traditional architectures preservation district. You can see many typical Tamba merchant houses along the way, and it is as if time froze there. The simple atmosphere just fits to cycling.

More on Fukusumi: https://tourism.sasayama.jp/foreigner_post/take-a-walk-at-the-old-post-town-fukusumi/

❸Kumobe Kurumazuka ancient tomb

It is a large key-hole shaped tomb mound built in the early mid Kofun  period (5AD). It has a standardized tomb around which is the moat  and uses the rectangular shape sarcophagus as a burial entity.  Armor, cuirass (chest armor), helmet with horns, swords, halberd  and iron arrowheads were burried as burial goods. It is an essential Kofun for exploring the political system of the ancient Tamba area and its relationship with the Yamato kingship. In 1968, it was recognized as a mausoleum reference site by the Imperial Household Agency. Total length 140 m.

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