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Ishibutai Burial Mound
An ancient tomb built from gigantic stones
Ishibutai, made from 30 gigantic stones, is one of the largest stone tombs in Japan and is a symbol of the Asuka Area. Its stone chamber is 19.1m long and the burial chamber is 7.7m high, 3.9m wide and 7.6m deep. The total weight of the stones is said to be 2,300t. The gigantic stone on top of the tomb weighs 77t, and is the largest of its kind among ancient Japanese tomb.
tel0744-54-3240 (Asukamura Village Sightseeing Development Public Corporation) /8:30 - 17:00 / Open 7 days a week
accessTake bus No.2 or 5 from Kintetsu Kashihara Jingu Mae Station and get off at Ishibutai.

Takamatsuzuka Burial Mound and Wall Painting Museum
Tomb wall paintings preserved in full color using modern technology
This is a small circular tomb approx.18m in diameter and 5m high. Modern technology is used to keep the temperature and humidity inside the tomb as stable as possible in order to preserve the wall paintings. Visitors are not allowed to enter the tomb. The Wall Painting Museum adjacent to the Mound displays full color replicas of paintings of human figures, the constellations, a blue dragon and a white tiger and contains various other burial artifacts. The facility gives full explanations of the Takamatsuzuka Burial Mound in a plain and straightforward manner.
tel0744-54-3340 / 9:00 - 17:00 / Open 7 days a week
accessA 10-minute walk from Kintetsu Asuka Station

Nara Prefectural Complex of Man'yo Culture
Feel the breath of Man'yo Culture
Designed around the theme of the Man'yoshu, the poetry anthology in the 8th century and other aspects of ancient culture, the Nara Prefectural Complex of Man'yo Culture is a pleasant place to learn about the ancient period. The facility includes a display of Japanese paintings with the Man'yoshu as a theme, and includes displays of the oldest coins in Japan, excavated during the construction of the Complex. Other items include, reproduction of an ancient market square, a theater showing poets of the Man'yo poetic anthology, an information search system called "Man'yo Hyakka System," and a library containing 10,000 books. It's an information station dedicated to the Man'yo culture.
tel0744-54-1850/10:00-17:30 / Closed on Wednesdays (or the following Thursday if the Wednesday falls on a national holiday)
accessTake bus No.2 from the east exit of Kintetsu Kashihara Jingu Mae Station and get off at Man'yo Bunkakan Nishiguchi.

Asukadera Temple
Asuka Daibutsu, the earliest Great Buddha statue extant in Japan
Established in 596 A.D. by Soga-no-Umako who was an enthusiastic supporter of Buddhism, Asukadera Temple was originally three times as large as Horyuji Temple, according to old reports. Such a gigantic temple reminds us of the powerful Soga Clan of the times. "Yakushi Nyorai", otherwise known as Asuka Daibutsu, a divine savior said to relieve people's present agony, is the earliest large-sized Buddha statue in Japan, and is designated as an important cultural asset.
tel0744-54-2126 / 9:00 - 17:15 (or 9:00 - 16:45 from October to March ) / Open 7 days a week
accessTake bus No.2 from Kintetsu Kashihara Jingu Mae Station and get off at Asuka Daibutsu Mae.
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