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Ishibutai Kofun Tumulus Cherry Blossoms by Night 2019

Ishibutai Kofun Tumulus Cherry Blossoms by Night – ancient monuments and cherry blossoms aglow on a spring night – This year too, the cherry blossoms at the Ishibutai Kofun Tumulus will be illuminated at night.   The scene of Ishibutai (stone stage) enveloped in light surrounded by over 60 cherry trees in flower offers a […]

3-Hour Bicycling Tour of Asuka

This is a leisurely bicycling tour around Asuka under the guidance of local instructors. Somehow even foreigners visiting the Asuka area for the first time feel an intriguing sense of nostalgia for the place. One reason may be that the entire village is carefully protected under the Ancient Capitals Preservation Law, aimed at conserving both […]

Asuka-Nabe, Local Specialty of Asuka

A local dish reportedly handed down since the Asuka period more than a 1,000 years ago Some 1,400 years ago, the first capital of Japan, as a nation state governed by laws, was located right here in the Asuka region. The village of Asuka, located at the region’s heart, boasts a local dish that has […]

Kitora Tumulus Area

(Asuka Historical National Government Park) Famous for the mural of the world’s oldest astronomical map, do not miss the Kitora Tumulus Mural Experiential Museum Shijin no Yakata, where you can learn about tumuli and murals. Address: 67 Abeyama Hours: 9:30–17:00 (Closes at 16:30 from December to February) Closed: Year-end and New Year TEL: 0744-54-5105 Fee: […]


(Sake Trough Stone) A mysterious stone structure surrounded by a bamboo grove. There is a theory that the carved dents and grooves were used in the production of sake. Sakafuneishi appears in the famous comic The Three-Eyed One by Osamu Tezuka. Address: Oka

Asuka Palace Site

(Denasukaitabuki-no-miya Palace Site) seventh century where visitors can view a part of the restored architectural remains. The Isshi Incident, believed to be the first coup d’état in Japan, occurred in this place. Address: Oka

Kaisanki Nodate

An open-air tea ceremony is held at the Oka-dera Temple on the anniversary of the temple foundation in October. The first 1,000 visitors are served matcha tea for free.  


Kameishi (Tortoise Stone) stone structures established in Asuka Village; do not miss the lovely face of the tortoise carved into the granite! Address: 108 Kawahara