There is an ancient road called “Shimo-no-Negimichi (a road for Negi (senior priests of Shinto shrine) underside),” connecting “Takabatake-Cho” in Nara-City to “Kasuga Taisha” Shrine. It is said that the “Negi” of the “Kasuga Taisha” Shrine lived in “Takabatake-Cho,” and they used the “Shimo-no-Negimichi” to go to the “Kasuga Taisha” Shrine. Now, the ancient road is also called “Sasayaki-no-Komichi, (a whispering alley),” and is famous as a spiritual or sacred place (a place vibrant with a power or energy of the earth).
At this time, we walked from the “Shiga Naoya’s Former Residence” in Takabatake-Cho to the “Kasuga Taisha” Shrine.
The start point, the Shiga Naoya’s Former Residence.
The atmosphere became quiet in a few minutes from the house on foot.
The ancient road starts here.
Trees expanding right and left from the alley are primeval trees of Japanese Andromeda. (The left photo shows flowers of “Japanese Andromeda” I photographed them near the ancient road.)
In order to leave a shadow of its former self as it is, no human work is added. The alley is quite rough.
We went up the stairs.
“Ni-no-Torii” in the “Kasuga Taisha” Shrine.
Deer greeted us.
It took about 15 minutes from the Shiga Naoya’s residence to the “Kasuga Taisha” Shrine. We were totally refreshed.