Asuka, the ancient political center of Japan about 1400 years ago, is located in the middle of Nara prefecture. It has been protected by law to preserve historical landscape. Unlike other parts of Japan, there are neither high-rise buildings nor large commercial complex. Instead, rice paddy field, traditional village houses, mountains and streams welcome us as they used to be. We will explore the beautiful village, experiencing traditional natural dyeing, visiting farmer's market.
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At the EAST exit of Kashihara-jingumae station (Kintetsu line)
10:00 AM Kashihara-jingu-mae station
10:20 AM Asuka dera
11:00 AM Ishibutai(huge stone tomb) Asuka National Park
1:00 Tanada, terraced rice field walking
2:00 Natural dyeing studio
4:00 Farmers' market
5:00 The end of the tour at Kashihara-jingumae station
At Kashihara-jingumae station or Asuka Station (Kintetsu line)
Asuka village has been preserved by law. Not only historical structure such as Asuka dera, the oldest temple in Japan and "Ishibutai", mysterious huge stone tomb, but also tranquil village landscape must leave deep impression on you. "Tanada", terraced rice field, mountains and streams, old village houses will surely energize busy modern people. In the afternoon, we will explore the beautiful village, experience traditional Japanese natural dyeing,and visit the farmers' market.If you love fruits, berry picking is also available between January to May.
transportation fee(you and guide)---about 1000 JPY per person, lunch---about 1000 JPY, entrance fee of Asuka dera--- 350 JPY, entrance fee of Ishibutai stone tomb ---300 JPY, natural dyeing including 1 drink and home-made sweets ---1500 JPY or 2500 JPY according to the size of the cloth
Natural dying experience costs you 1,500 JPY or 2500 JPY per person according to the size of the cloth. The price includes green tea and hand-made local sweets served after the experience.
We are supposed to take bus, or take a taxi if necessary.
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My family (wife and two kids 14 and 12) and I had an excellent tour with Michiko in Kyoto. We toured two days and she showed us several iconic temples, shrines, buildings, and neighborhoods. Michiko was very prepared and kept the tour on a reasonable pace given the large number of sites Kyoto has to offer. Michiko was very knowledgeable about cultural and historical aspects of Kyoto. We toured monkey park, the bamboo forest, and Nishiki market. We visited several Shinto shrines and Michiko shared interesting details of the shrines and Shintoism. We highly recommend Michiko as your Kyoto tour guide. Jon Texas
Thank you for your wonderful review. I was impressed to see your family are all open minded and honest, and your insights on Japanese culture or social issues inspired me a lot. I'm glad that your children got interested in animals, flowers, foods, toys etc.. I'm glad if you've found the finest fluffy cheese cake somewhere after the tour. I hope this trip will leave you colorful impression on Japan and some back again. I wish you all the best! Michiko
Michico was great and our tour was very good and very flexible. She is very knowledgeable and personable! We enjoyed our time in Nara and Osaka! At the end of our trip, at JR station, Michiko waited till we moved towards the right track and only then left the station- we really appreciated this!
Dear Irena, Thank you for your wonderful review. I was very glad to see you enjoyed experiencing authentic Japanese culture, not only historical sites in Nara and Osaka, but also foods and products. Your information about Japanese food in your country was fascinating, and I was also encouraged to enjoy home cooking including "rolled sushi"! I can never forget you. Thanks again! Michiko
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Thank you for your wonderful review. It was my honor to guide you in Nara. I was very impressed by the way you try to value the culture and the way of life here in Japan. I believe you can touch the heart of Japan through those cultural experiences. Besides I appreciate that you kindly shared me the history and the culture in your country. It was very helpful. Arigato-gozaimashita!!