Ishibutai Cherry Blossom

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 singular spring night experience. The giant stones of ancient burial mounds create an overwhelming presence.

The Japanese umbrellas that line the paths evoke a sense of “harmony.”


The cherries by night entice you with a world of elegant simplicity.


360° panoramic viewSpherical Image – RICOH THETA

When: Late March to early April 2019 (depending on when the cherry trees flower)

Lights on: 6:00 pm / Lights off: 9:00 pm (last entry at 8:45 pm)


Where: Ishibutai Kofun Tumulus and Ishibutai Area in Asuka Historical National Government Park


Admission: (to March 31) Adults: ¥250, High school students: ¥200, Junior high school students: ¥150, Elementary school students: ¥100

(From April 1) Adults: ¥300, High school students and younger: ¥100

Note: Groups of 30 or more are eligible for discounts


Special program: March 30 (Sat.), March 31 (Sun.) = Ancient costume experience (11:00 am–8:00 pm)


Other: On rainy days, some parts of the program may be canceled.


In stormy weather, the program will be canceled.

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.


Autumn events


This ritual event is held on the first Sunday of April to commemorate the ancient trials where suspects were judged by putting their hands into boiling water. It was believed that innocent people would not burn, and liars would be scalded.

Ishibutai tumulus cherry blossoms light up

The gorgeous cherry blossoms that bloom around the Ishibutai Tumulus are a must see. The blossoms are illuminated at night and create a fantastic mood.




All-you-can-eat strawberry picking


Onda Matsuri Festival

This festival is held in the Asukaniimasu-jinja Shrine on the first Sunday of February. The day of the festival starts with an event that drives away evil spirits. This rare festival is famous for the play
where masked actors pretend to be a married couple having sex and praying for the prosperity of descendants.