This tour is the occasion to present you a Japanese village with a glorious past. Asuka dates from Japanese protohistory. Yamato land sometimes established there its capital which were not fixed in the 6th~7th century before moving "for good" to Heijo-kyo in 710. Asuka is nowadays a big village with 5620 inhabitants. Relatively close to nearby cities, farmers and townsmen willing for better living standards live together.
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Kashiharajingu-Mae Station, East exit
Asuka is a true treasure for archeologist. Excavations continuously dig up beautiful historical artefacts we can admire in Asuka-dera or in Asuka Historical Museum.
Asuka-dera buddhist temple is a little bit far for everything but is a must to visit. It served as an imperial palace. When you visit it, a tablet can be available for you so you can explore the area in 3D as you would make a time travel with the ancient imperial palace buildings. How wonderful!
Speaking about time slip, the Great Buddha is as greatful as when the statue were made back in the times. It dates from 609, is more than 1400 years old and is the eldest bronze Buddha of Japan.
We can pass and make a little stop to this ancient imperial workshop from the 7th century recently rediscovered.
7th century megalith and water container. What was it for? We will make a little stop here and think about it.
Itabuki Imperial Palace dates from the 7th century and now we can admire its remains inside the fields.
Asuka is nowadays a big village of 5620 inhabitants. Relatively nearby Kansai cities, farmers and townsmen who aim for a better life quality live together. This village is still proud of its past and show it to us. Japanese urbanism is respected and we can feel an Edo atmosphère (1600-1868). We can do some shipping and have some lunch during our route.
We continue our walk and we have the Asuka Historical Park. Its masterpiece is Ishibutai, a stone burial mount from the 7th century for Soga no Umako who were a powerful noble from these ancient times.
Takamatsuzuka kofun date from the end of the 7th century. It has inside wonderful murals which represents life and religious moments. We can go to admire them in Takamatsuzuka Mural Museum nearby.
Asuka is nowadays a big village with 5620 inhabitants. Relatively close to nearby cities, farmers and townsmen willing for better living standards live together. This village is still proud of its past and shows it to us. This ancient capital place also aims to be registered as UNESCO World Heritage in 2024 as "Asuka-Fujiwara: Archaeological sites of Japan’s Ancient Capitals and Related Properties".
Furthermore, unlike other cities, Japanese urbanism is well respected. We can visit an old town as it was during Edo Period (1600-1868) between all the historical sites. This Edo atmosphere is also worth it.
Lunch (~2000 JPY/person)
Asuka-dera temple entrance: 350 JPY/person
Asuka Historical Museum: 350 JPY/person
Coupon for entrance of Sakafune-ishi, Ishibutai then Takamatsuzuka Mural Museum: 700JPY/person
Bus: 290 JPY/person then 250 JPY/person