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Explore Origins of Japanese Buddhism on a Cycling Tour!
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Visit temples and ruins in hidden towns with an electric bicycle!


Many regard Japan with temples and Buddhism, so why not visit the places regarded as the origin of Japanese Buddhism?
We will vist Asaka, Nara. Asaka was the first place where Buddhism was introduced from China around the 7th century, there are temples with over 1000 years of history. Every temple is full of charm, rich in nature, and some where the Buddha is older than the Great Buddha of Nara. Which temple will you like the most? Your otomo tour guide will explain the sights one-by-one to you!
Don't forget the electric bike! You can enjoy the scenery of a Japanese hometown by a paddy field. Cycling around the former capital by bike, maybe the start of a historic tour!

Highlights


・Visit temples where Japanese Buddhism began, temples older than no other. Your otomo tour guide will share must-see points, such as the Great Buddha and beautiful tower.
・Have a refreshing experience, as you rush through a rice field with an electric bike.
・Visit all other historical spots not to be missed in Asuka. Lets discover ancient history together!

Attractions


Asuka Bike-rental: Borrow an auto-bicycle, let the tour begin!
Tachibanadera Temple: Built in the 7th century, it was a temple built to spread Buddhism in Japan! There are many spots to see, such as a bronze horse statue and a mysterious statue!
Okadera Temple: A temple located on a hill. See the beautiful view of Asuka, the woods, and Sanjunoto. If the weather is nice, it will be very pleasant!
Ishibudai-kofun:This is the symbol of Asuka. This is said to be a grave of a powerful person. You will be overwhelmed by the large stones piled up!
・Rice terrace scenic view: There are many rice-making farmers and rice terraces in Asuka. "Inabuchi rice-terrace" is a bit far, but this rice terrace is near and fulfilling!
・Asuka Kyuseki: The grounds of a palace from 1300 years ago. Traces of the palace and walls still remain today. A little more excitement? This was once the capital, and center of Japan,
・Manyo Cultural Museum: Exhibits Japanese song culture that prospered in ancient city, Nara. Time-slip back to the lives of people when Nara floursihed You can also visit another site which is related to Asuka palace.
・Asukadera: A temple that has bigger Buddha statue than the famous Buddha of Nara Kofukji It is regarded as where Japanese Buddhism was born. There is an old saying that only the Buddha remains in the temple even if the temple is on fire.

Notes

・Please come in confortable clothing to ride a bike
・If raining, some routes will be changed
・If you have difficulty riding a bike please let us know in advance. Routes will be changed to bus routes.
・Lunch (dinner) spot is included
・Spot⑦ "Manyo Culture Museum" is closed on Mondays. Please note that we may change courses when other spots are temporarily closed

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

Asuka station (infront of ticket gate), Kintetsu Yoshino Line


(Takes about 50mins from Kintetsu Nara station using Kintestu Nara Line, Kashihara Line, and Yoshino Line)

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