Explore Asuka, the birth place of Japan
The spirit of ASUKA
Explore the heartland of Japan, Asuka
It takes about 1 hour from Nara by Kintetsu train to get to Asuka.
At the station, if the weather allows, renting a bicycle is the best way to get around.
A unified nation of Japan originally emanated from Asuka. Before the Nara period, here was the center of Japan from 538 to 710, the birthplace of imperial rule, the oldest Buddhist temple, the first constitution, an official water clock, the lunar calendar, and more. You may need a good sense of imagination, however, Asuka was a very international city and introduced many foreign cultures, especially from China and Korea. Since many powerful families had been living in the Yamato region, many burial mounds have been found here.
Unlike other Japanese countryside, which either suffer from depopulation or urbanization, Asuka’s historical environment, cultural properties, and rural atmosphere are well protected both by the nation’s law and local people’s efforts.
When Prince Shotoku, one of the most famous and respected historical figures made the Seventeen-Article Constitution, the first female emperor Suiko was ruling the capital. Article 1 states, "Harmony (wa(和)) is of the utmost importance", meaning “Cherish the harmony among people”.
The history of Japan is still alive in Asuka with seasonal beauties and warm-hearted local people, calling everyone to remember how international people and nature can co-exist in harmony, “wa”(和), in peace over time and differences.
Another unique feature of Asuka is its mysterious carved stone structures found in many locations. When and why they were made? By who? Some came up with unique ideas and names, but the mystery is still a mystery.
Depending on your interests and what you'd like to see, we can choose the route and sites to visit.
-Oka-dera Temple: Built on the hilltop in the 7th century, looking over Asuka village, this is one of the 33 sacred Kannon (Goddess of Mercy) pilgrimage sites in the Kansai region. It has an interesting legend, an evil dragon is kept in a pond..
-Ishibutai Burial Mound: Japan’s largest stone tomb, the symbol of Asuka. It has a huge stone chamber that people can go inside.
enjoy a panoramic view of Asuka village and Yamato Plain from the observation point.
Famous for "ondamatsuri" festival, with unique sexual gestures, symbolically welcoming abundant harvest and prosperity.
There are rocks carved as male and female symbols, and many people come and pray for the safe delivery of a baby, good relationships, and finding the right partner.
This shows native nature worship for the power of nature.
-Asukadera Temple :
This is the first Buddhist Temple in Japan. We can still see the oldest Buddha statue (Asuka Daibutsu) that has been sitting in the same place for over 1400 years.
-Nara Prefecture Complex of Man’yo Culture (museum): Here, you can experience the atmosphere of the ancient Asuka, where the poetry collection of Man'yo shu was made. You can see how people in the Asuka era used to appreciate and received inspiration from nature to make poets.
Also, we can enjoy beautiful Japanese paintings with themes of Yamato and Man'yo shu.
-Asuka Historical Museum:
best place to learn about Asuka's history, culture, and politics. This museum has replicas of all the mysterious stone carvings.
Without the right historical understanding and spiritual viewpoint, all these sites could be seen as just objects in the past of the Japanese. But, the small village of Asuka has a lot of lessons for many of us today. …
* As we will be either walking or cycling around the destination, please join the tour with comfortable shoes and clothing.
There is no frequent and convenient bus service in Asuka.
<One Day Course > 8 hours ¥42,000 / person
2-3 people ¥52,000
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