Nara | 6.5h
A Motor-Assisted Bike Tour to a Huge Remain Made from Stone!
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Solve the mystery of the remain: who made it for what sake?


Have you ever heard of Asukamura? It is a historical area which has many remains and is even more mysterious than the famous Nara area!
You will discover this area on this tour and visit many rare spots such as an ape and a turtle made from stone, a remain which is said that a demon used to live at, and a huge remain maid from stone. Once you see those remains, you will be overwhelmed and can't stop thinking who made it for what sake!
You will ride a motor-assisted bike to visit all those spots through the countryside with fields and rice fields which will make you feel you are in Japan!
Don’t forget to book your tour to visit mysterious remains, with your otomo guide!

Highlights


・Visit mysterious remains made from stone! Your otomo guide will explain about those remains. Solve the mystery of who made it when for what sake!
・Cycle through the countryside! You will ride a motor-assisted bike while enjoying the greenery of the view.
・Not only remains that you will visit but also the famous temple of this area: Asuka-dera Temple. The Buddhist image with a tender smile is a must to take a look!

Attractions


・Asuka Rent a Cycle: You will rent your motor-assisted bike and start your tour here!
・Saruishi: The first spot of this tour has four stone statues with a strange face. There are still many to be found out about those statues. Who made it when for what sake? Imagine and try to compose your interpretation!
・The Kitora Tumulus Mural Paintings: A facility and a lab reproducing the tomb where the ancient royalty used to be buried. They exhibit a huge replica of a burial chamber made from stone and how they excavate so you can know how it feels like to be in a tomb! The star map from about 1,500 years ago and beautiful wall paintings are also worth checking!
・Takamatsu-zuka Hekigakan: A facility of Takamatsu-zuka tomb which is often described as the brother of “Kitora-kofun tomb”. They also exhibit the replica of a burial chamber made from stone and other buried jewels and ornaments.
・Oni no Secchin Stone / Oni no Manaita Stone: A huge remain made from stone. It is so big that it is said a demon used to live here. Sounds silly? You will find out when you get there!
・Kameishi Tortoise Stone: Another huge remain made from stone. It is in the shape of a turtle and it is said that this area will suffer a flood when this turtle changes its direction where it is heading to.
・Ishibudai-kofun: A symbolic tomb of Asuka. It is the far biggest among the tombs in this area. This tomb is also said to be the grave of an influential person back then but it remains a mystery who exactly is buried.
・Sakafune-ishi: A huge stone with a ditch located in a bamboo forest. It is said that ancient people used to use this ditch to compound many different kinds of materials.
・Asuka Temple: A temple which has a Buddhist image older than the famous one in Kofukuji Temple! It is said that Japanese Buddhism has started here. There is also an anecdote about the Buddhist image that it had survived a big fire which as burned down everything but this Buddhist image.
・Manyo Bunkakan: A facility which has an exhibition related to “waka”. “waka” is traditional Japanese poetry developed in ancient Nara. The life of people when Nara used to be the capital city is elaborately reproduced so you can know what kind of life people had at that time!

Notes

・Please come in comfortable clothing, as this tour involves cycling.
・The route to the remains might be changed according to the weather.
・If there is someone who can’t ride a bike, please consult your guide in advance. Your guide will change the route and use a bus.
・This tour includes a lunch/dinner venue.
・On Mondays "Nara Prefecture Complex of Man'yo Culture" is closed. If any of the scheduled places are closed on the day you visit, your tour guide will take you to an alternative location.

Expenses Not Included

The following expenses are not included in the tour fee. Please bring extra money to experience this tour to its fullest.
-Travel expenses and entrance fees (about JPY 3000)
-Money for food, souvenirs and extra activities not mentioned in the explanation of the tour above.

Meeting Point

In front of the gate of Asuka Station, Kintetsu Yoshino Line



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