Teaching in Nara I had heard about Asuka Village from several students, it’s a place full of nature and history.
Arriving at the station closest to Asuka Village we found….nothing and no one! The next bus to town was two hours away, luckily there were plenty of people waiting to rent us bicycles for the day.
I left J in charge of navigation, and first he took us uphill to the furthest point
Ishibutai Tomb. It cost 250 yen each to enter.
You can also enter the tomb, it’s really big!
Nearby they also have the empty sarcophagus. Creepy.
There was nothing else to see so we left and went down the road for ice cream.
Jumping back on our bikes it was downhill to our next stop….phallus rock.
The surrounding area is so rural, it was a view of Japan we had only ever seen from the train.
We also stopped by Asukadera Temple, we had to pay to enter again but was a nice place.
All day we were followed by huge groups of school children on bicycles shouting “hallo” and “how are you”s at us.
We also found turtle rock.
The bikes had to be returned by 5pm, so we continued onwards to Asuka Village itself. There were no shops open! Lol. Not much to see, apart from some nice traditional style buildings, and more kids on bikes.
After that we called it a day and headed back to the station, J couldn’t stop raving about what a great place it was and how much fun he had, but I think I had just expected more. I was all hot and bothered from the cycling in the heat so I didn’t share his enthusiasm at all.
Asuka Village website: http://www.asukamura.jp/english/