This typical landscape of ancient Japan is preserved among the ancient ruins and surroundings of Asuka, an area that was the center of Japanese history for 100 years during the Asuka period (592-694). Start at Kintetsu Asuka Station. Touring by bicycle in a relaxed manner is recommended.
A 10-minute ride will bring you to Takamatsuzuka tomb. Brilliantly colored wall paintings, on which ancient people are vividly portrayed, were discovered inside the tomb in 1972. There are several theories about the identities of the tomb’s deceased persons. You can see a model of the stone chamber, replicas of burial goods and original-sized imitative paintings at Hekiga-kan Hall next to the tomb.
Ishibutai burial mound is located 20 minutes by bike ride from Takamatsuzuka tomb. It is a stone chamber mound made of some 30 gigantic layered rocks. It is estimated that the rock of the ceiling is 77 tons. You can enter standing inside the mound.
Nara Prefecture Hall of Manyo Culture is a facility themed upon the Man’yoshu, the oldest (8th Century) existing anthology of Japanese waka poetry. Seeing videos, Japanese paintings, and the botanical garden is enjoyable.