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 been loved for many centuries.

“Asuka-nabe” is a hot-pot dish prepared by cooking chicken meat and seasonal vegetables in a chicken-based stock. The addition of milk to the stock gives the dish its characteristic pure white appearance.

The idea of adding milk to a hot-pot might seem strange, but the milk actually gives a unique mellowness to the full-bodied stock.

The distinctive smell of milk is barely detectable, so even people who generally dislike milk happily eat this dish.

Asuka-nabe is said to have originated with a monk who came to Asuka from Tang dynasty China during the Asuka period. He would apparently prepare himself hot-pot with goat’s milk to help endure the harsh cold winter. This means the dish is more than a 1,000 years old.

When you visit Asuka you can savor its ancient romance not just by looking and listening, but also by tasting.


Places where you can enjoy Asuka-nabe



Asuka-nabe only by reservation for 2 people or more. ¥3,780 per person.



“Asuka-nabe set” (¥1,080), available only from November 30 to February. “Koyuki-nabe set” is also available.



Served initially as sukiyaki. Milk is added only during the meal to enable you to taste the difference. (¥1,500)


Various guest houses (for guests only)

You can request Asuka-nabe for your evening meal. Please inquire in advance if interested.


Note: Quoted prices are as of Nov. 2018; prices may change over time.


Taste juices made from locally grown seasonal fruits, such as Asuka Ruby (strawberries produced in Asuka Village) and early season mandarin oranges.

Ancient recipes

Experience the life of an ancient courtier by eating court dishes reproduced from recipes used 1,400 years ago, together with So, which is regarded as an ancient cheese made from milk.


Udon is a representative noodle of Japan made from kneaded flour.
In Asuka Village, there is a type of kitsune udon where super-large deep-fried tofu covers the udon noodles.
Its taste and volume will certainly satisfy you!

Asuka Nabe

The mild, rich specialty hot pot of Asuka Village stews seasonal vegetables and chicken in soup made from milk and chicken stock.



Soba is another typical traditional noodle of Japan.
Handmade soba noodles made from 100% buckwheat flour will attract you once you try them with their unique aroma and texture.


Curry rice is one of the most popular foods among Japanese people, and there are many recipes. In Asuka Village, there are versions where rice is served in the shape of a tumulus and where ancient rice is used.