Visiting Yakushiji Temple, sutra transcription and Buddhist priest's lecture

Cultural Activities for Students
Visiting Asuka-Area

As a part of our cultural activities, we are providing all staff, faculty, and students an opportunity to understand Japanese culture and history. This year we will visit Asuka- Area with a tour guide.
We are accepting up to 40 participants on a first-come, first-served basis so please apply as soon as possible. For international students, there will be also an English tour guide.

Mikio Kataoka
Executive Director
NARA Institute of Science and Technology

Date: Saturday, June 27, 2015
Time: 9:30 - 16:30
Meeting: Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST)
       Office Entrance 9:15
Available Seats: 40
Participation Fee: Students: free
Faculty and Staff: actual expense
Registration Deadline:Monday, June 22, 2015 (We will close registration when we receive 40 applications.)
Application:Click here, for signing up When applying. please give us the following information.

Subject: 2015 Visiting Asuka-area
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Asuka (飛鳥) Area
☆ Takamatsuzuka Tumulus(高松塚古墳)
Located southwest of Asuka and close to the Mausoleum of Emperor Monbu in Hinokuma Village, the colored murals (a national treasure) of this tumulus sprang into fame as soon as they were discovered.
It is believed that the person buried here was of considerably high class.
It is not possible to view the murals as they are undergoing repairs but neighboring the tumulus to the west is the Takamatsuzuka Mural Museum where one can see reproductions and reconstructed models of the richly colored murals.

☆ Ishibutai Tumulus(石舞台古墳)
The Ishibutai Tumulus , said to be the tomb of Soga-no-Umako, is the biggest rectangular tumulus in Japan comprised of 30 rocks with a combined weight of 2300 tons.
In particular the ceiling stone, weighing 77 tons, would have required supreme material handling engineering skills at the time of construction.
Legend has it that on moonlit nights, foxes in the form of beautiful women appear and dance upon the tumulus.
Looking from the outside or within, the size of this tumulus is overwhelming.

☆ Amakashi-no-Oka(甘樫丘)
Descriptions of Amakashi-no-Oka are seen in the ancient "Nihon-shoki", and it is known that the houses of the Soga-no-Emishi and Iruka families, greatly influential people of their time, were built here were in the first half of the 7th century.
In the area, is an observatory commanding a fantastic view of the ancient Asuka capital (Asuka Village), the Fujiwara-kyo ruins (within Kashihara city) and the surrounding area.
From the observatory (elevated 148m above sea level) a beautiful view can be commanded from the distant Kongo mountain range to the three mountains of Yamato, the Fujiwara-kyo, and the Asuka capital.

☆ National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Nara Asuka Historical Museum (奈良文化財研究所 飛鳥資料館)
Chiefly explains the history and culture of the Asuka area of the 6th to 8th centuaries in an easy to understand way. The newest results of research on Asuka are displayed using artefacts and reconstructive models with a focus on excavations.

Asuka Historical National Government Park(国営飛鳥歴史公園):

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