Asuka Village

This peaceful agricultural community is an ideal location experience the rural lifestyle of the Japanese countryside

Highlights

  • Two nights at a traditional Japanese inn or spent with a local family homestay
  • Fascinating historical landmarks unique to the village, which was Japan's capital from 538AD until 701AD
  • Two varied and interesting hiking courses - one including a forest trail, the other an easy walk taking in Asuka's important historical landmarks
  • A leisurely cycling course, taking in beautiful terraced rice fields

Travel by train to Asuka on the southern edge of the Yamato Plain, just over an hour away from Kyoto or Osaka. This peaceful agricultural community is an ideal location to experience the rural lifestyle of the Japanese countryside. It is a place of significant history, too. Stay overnight in a charming small family-run Japanese inn, or with a friendly family in a casual but welcoming homestay.

We have two walks and a bicycle route to explore.

 

This experience is an Add-on package
The peaceful, agricultural community of Asuka can be visited as a pre-tour extension for all our Self-guided tours.

Our Asuka experience is also a fine side-trip from Kyoto or Osaka.

Day 1 Travel to Asuka

Travel by train to Asuka on the southern edge of the Yamato Plain, just over an hour away from Kyoto and Osaka.

We recommend our Asuka Monuments Walk on your first day in the village, since this gives a perfect introduction to the history and landmarks of the village.

Overnight at a Japanese inn or family homestay.

Walking distance: 9km / 5.5 miles (plus optional Iwaido detour)
Elevation gain: 420m / 1375ft of ascent / 425m / 1390ft of descent (plus optional Iwaido detour)
Time required: About 5 hours of optional walking

 

Accommodation: Minshuku (Family-run guesthouse)
Meals: Dinner

 

Day 2 Exploring the village

Today there is the opportunity to explore Asuka Village further. Clients looking for a more active day can follow the route to Tanzan Shrine, which winds along the pretty roads of this agricultural community and then heads up a forest trail.

Overnight at a Japanese inn or family homestay.

Walking distance: 13km / 8 miles
Elevation gain: 530m / 1,730ft of ascent; 300m / 985ft of descent
Time required: About 5 hours of optional walking

 

Accommodation: Minshuku (Family-run guesthouse)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 Depart from Asuka

Head onwards by train from Asuka. There may be time in the morning to rent bicycles and visit Asuka's wonderful terraced rice fields.

 

Cycling distance: 13.4km / 8 miles
Elevation gain: negligible ascent and descent
Time required: About 2-3 hours of optional cycling

 

Meals: Breakfast

We recommend to live this experience as part of one of these tours