This area used to be a "Taka-gari" falconry area for Owari-Tokugawa family during the Edo Era (1603 – 1867), and the path was named "Otaka-no-Michi (Otaka’s Path)" at that time.
Legend says a princess with incurable illness was fully recovered when she bathed in Masugata-no-Ike Pond along the path.
There are a lot of water spring sites in this area and they are called Masugata-no-Ike Springs.
The water is designated as one of the best 100 waters in Japan.
With the clear water there the flowers of Calla bloom and fireflies are being bred.
There is also Otaka-no-Michi Spring Park along the path where you can see the source of the springs as well as Nagaya-mon gate built in the Edo Era and Kura storehouse built in the Meiji Era (1868 - 1912).
- Open 24 hours
- Otaka-no-Michi Spring Park: 9:00 - 17:00 (Admission until 16:45)
- Otaka-no-Michi Spring Park: Mondays (or the following day when it falls on a national holiday)
- Otaka-no-Michi Spring Park: December 29 - January 3
Access / Public Transport
- 15 minutes walk from JR Nishi-Kokubunji Station