N0-17 Harakirizaka
 The Buzen Roadway starts from Fudatsuji beneath Kumamoto Castle and leads all the way to Buzen-Kokura. It is also known as “Kokura Road,” and it was an important traffic route throughout the Edo period. The road was used by daimyos going to and from official attendance service in the capital such as the Hosokawa clan of Higo and the Shimazu clan of Satsuma. Midway on the road, there is a steep slope approximately 560 meters long going down into Teramoto village from the Nakanoharu plateau. This slope has been known as “harakirizaka” since ancient times. There are several theories about the origin of the name, but the name seems to have already been well known by the early Edo period. The surroundings are thickly covered with Japanese cedar and various other types of trees, and there are steep cliffs on both sides of the road. It was one of the most difficult areas along the Buzen Roadway. The area has been designated as a national historic site, and it has now been developed. If you walk on the steep slope, which retains the atmosphere of the past, you can enjoy the feeling of going back in time to the Edo period.
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