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.

3hours Bicycling tour of Asuka

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 the historical and cultural heritage of Asuka and its surrounding natural environment.

During the tour, you can unravel the mysteries of the ancient tombs and stone objects, imagine the old capital as it was 1,400 years ago, and explore the breathtakingly beautiful scenery of terraced rice fields.

This cycling experience will enable you to see, hear, touch, contemplate, and imagine Japanese rural life and satoyama scenery at its best.

Come and enjoy a charming bicycle journey, getting to know villagers and greeting the friendly locals along the way.


Participation requirements

When Year-round (9:00 am-12:00 midday)
Starting point Asuka station on the Kintetsu Yoshino line
Ending point Rest area at Ishibutai Area of Asuka Historical National Government Park
(179-1 Shimasho, Asuka-mura, Takaichi-gun, Nara)
Age range 15 and over
Guides Local instructors
No. of people Minimum 2 people (max. 6)
Cost ¥6,000 per person
What to bring ・ Loose, comfortable clothing, shoes
・ Water or other beverage
・ Day pack, hat, sunglasses may also be useful
・ Rain gear (according to weather conditions)
Reservations At least 7 days in advance


For reservations and details


Nara Visitors Bureau
3F Nara Visitor Center & Inn
3 Ikeno-cho, Nara-shi
Tel: (0742) 23-8288

Agricultural Experiance in Asuka

Agricultural Experience in Asuka (With Lunch). OK in Any Weather!

A farm nestled within the beautiful satoyama scenery of Asuka.

In this tranquil setting, you can experience a new method of recycling-style farming.

In just a few hours, you can try your hand at a whole series of tasks—sowing seeds, planting seedlings, and harvesting produce. Finally, you can even pack the vegetables you pick to take home as a souvenir.

After your farming experience, you’ll enjoy a well-deserved lunch with local farmers.

Lunch is a bento lunchbox featuring seasonal vegetables, prepared by “PocaFrere,” a restaurant that uses remarkably delicious vegetables.

Participation requirements

When Year-round (10:00 am-1:00 pm); 3 hours required
Where Okuyama, Asuka-mura, Takaichi-gun, Nara
Getting there Come by public transport or car
(If coming by a Nara Kotsu bus, get on at Kintetsu Kashiharajingu-mae Station, and get off at the Asuka Okuyama/Asuka-shiryokan-nishi bus stop)
Age range Preschoolers to adults
Guide Farm owner
No. of people accepted Minimum 3 (max. 10)
Cost Preschoolers: ¥2,500
Elementary school students: ¥3,500Junior high school students and older: ¥4,500
What to bring/wear ・ Loose, comfortable clothing you don’t mind dirtying
・ A towel
Car parking Available
Reservations At least 4 days in advance


For reservations and details


Nara Visitors Bureau
3F Nara Visitor Center & Inn
3 Ikeno-cho, Nara-shi
Tel: (0742) 23-8288


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.

Michi-no-eki "Asuka"

Michi-no-Eki “Asuka”

Asuka Tour Bus One-day pass

A one-day unlimited bus ticket is available for a more convenient tour around Asuka.

Available for purchase at the below places.

Price: Adult: 650 yen. Child: 330 yen.



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Mobile Apps “Nara Asukakyo Historic Walk –the Time Trip to the Asuka Period”

This app guides you to the historic site of Asuka where the first capital of Japan was established 1400 years ago. You can walk with this app in Asuka Village located in Nara Japan and see your location in the ancient map of Asuka Period. There are audio guide which explain the historical background of the ancient capital in English, Chinese, and Korean.

Where am I in the Asukakyo?
You can find out. Please compare and contrast the maps of ancient Asuka capital from 1400 years ago with the current illustrated map of Asuka Village. Once you are in Asuka Village, your location shows up on the historic map with the GPS function.

The storytellers of the audio guide are the historical figures from the Asuka Period. On the recommended walk route which appears on the maps contain many historic stories. The storytellers will guide you through in multi-language.



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