Exploring an Ancient Road Where Kyoto Meets the Sea,

and Old Meets New

The Saba Kaido, a network of roads connecting Kyoto to the fishing port of Obama, once served as a gateway between the ancient capital and the rest of the world. 

 

It came to be known as the Saba Kaido - or “Mackerel Highway” - because it was the main route by which seafood was transported to Kyoto. But Obama was also a bustling international seaport. It received technology, religious beliefs, and aesthetics from the Asian mainland, while the refined culture of Kyoto also made its way back to Obama.    

     

Today, travelers of the Saba Kaido can extend their journey beyond the well-trodden “Golden Route” from Tokyo to Kyoto, and discover some of Japan’s hidden wonders off the beaten path.