Discover Asuka

Asuka is a well preserved ancient town dating from the period 1603-1867 (Edo ). It features mysterious stones and burial mounds. Visit the Asuka Historical Museum to help you understand its rich history.

Things to see and do

FAQs

Getting around in Asuka

The easiest way to get around in Asuka is by car, since many of the major sights and attractions are not accessible by public transportation.
If you decide to rent a car, it is advised to do so from one of the bigger cities in the vicinity. You can use our car rental widget in the FAQ menu below. 

Getting to Asuka

Valid passes:

  • Nara Bus 2-Day Wide Pass

    • Coverage:

      • all Nara Kotsu buses within Nara City

      • also covers buses within Ikaruga

      • also covers buses within Asuka

    • Duration: 1 day

    • Price: 1000 Yen

    • Where to buy: Nara Station

 

Nearest airport: 

The nearest and most convenient airport is Kansai International Airport in Osaka. 

  • by car: approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes

 

Rental cars:

How long to stay in Asuka

We recommend staying in Asuka for about two days.

Seasonal information

Fruit picking:
January to March is generally a great time to pick strawberries in Japan.

 

Scenic rides:

  • Katsuragisan Ropeway: Click here to find the most up-to-date timetable for this ropeway. 

 

Hiking:
The hiking season typically runs from Spring until Autumn.

Festivals in Asuka

There are several festivals here throughout the year. Please be advised that the following list is based upon previous entries of those festivals and that the dates might have changed for the following year. It is also possible that the entire festival is cancelled in the case of heavy rainfall or a natural disaster. Please check with the official organisers' website for the most up-to-date information. 
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For the exact location of any of the festivals listed here, you can consult our map above by clicking on the icon in the upper most corner of the map to open the map legend. Festivals are hidden by default but can be made visible by clicking on the "Festivals" checkbox in the map legend.

 

  • Asuka Furusato Summer Festival

    • Date: August 15th

    • Time: 17:00 - 21:00

 

  • Asuka Hikari no Kairou Festival

    • Date: September 21st and 22nd

    • Time: 18:00 - 21:00
       

  • Ancient City Asuka Cultural Festival

    • Date: October 26th and 27th

Hotels in Asuka

Flights to Asuka

Nearest airport: 

The nearest and most convenient airport is Kansai International Airport in Osaka. 

  • by car: approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes

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