Nara Ancient Capitals 5 days

Nara Ancient Capitals 5 days

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Day 1 – Arrive in Asuka

Head by train from Kyoto or Osaka to Asuka on the southern edge of the Yamato plain. This peaceful agricultural community is an ideal location to experience the rural lifestyle of the Japanese countryside.
We recommend our Asuka Monuments Walk for your first day here. The walk gives a perfect introduction to the history and landmarks of the village.
Stay overnight at a Minshuku Japanese guesthouse or at a friendly family homestay.

Walking distance: 9km (plus optional Iwaido detour)
Elevation gain: 420m of ascent / 425m of descent (plus optional Iwaido detour)
Time required: About 4 hours of optional walking
Accommodation: Minshuku (family-run guesthouse) or Japanese homestay
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 – Asuka Tanzan Shrine hike

On your second day in Asuka, there is the opportunity to explore the village further. For a more active day, follow our walking directions along the route to Tanzan shrine – wind your way along the pretty roads of this agricultural community and then head up along a forest trail to the atmospheric shrine.
Overnight at a minshuku Japanese guesthouse or friendly family homestay.

Walking distance: 13km
Elevation gain: 530m of ascent; 300m of descent
Time required: About 5 hours of optional walking
Accommodation: Minshuku (family-run guesthouse) or Japanese homestay
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 – Hike the Yamanobe no Michi in Nara

This morning you can rent bicycles to visit the wonderful terraced rice fields in Asuka. Afterwards, travel by train to Nara (the first permanent capital of Japan). Established in 710 and then known as Heijo, Nara is home to many cultural heritage sights, numerous historic treasures; it also offers an easy access to wonderful nature.

Alternatively, make an earlier start from Asuka and hike the historic Yamanobe no Michi trail before arriving at your accommodation in Nara this evening, staying at a Japanese inn or western style hotel.

Walking distance: 16km
Elevation gain: negligible ascent and descent
Time required: About 5 hours of optional walking
Accommodation: Ryokan (travellers Inn) or machiya townhouse (optional upgrade)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 – Hike the Yagyu Kaido in Nara

Today there is a chance to hike the Yagyu Kaido from Yagyu village back to Nara, following in the footsteps of warriors who took this route to the sword making village of Yagyu. The full hike is a challenging 20km, but we offer a shorter 12km option from Enjo-ji Temple, too. Both hikes end with a wonderful stroll through Nara Park, with its famous deer and temples.
Stay overnight at a Japanese inn or western-style hotel.

Walking distance: 11.7km
Elevation gain: 240m of ascent and 535m of descent
Time required: About 5 hours of optional walking
Accommodation: Ryokan (travellers Inn) or machiya townhouse (optional upgrade)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 – Sightseeing in Nara

Explore more of Nara before heading onwards by train. Spend the day visiting important cultural spots including Todai-ji and Horyu-ji temples, visit the carefully preserved Edo-period merchant district of Nara-machi, Isuien garden.
The tour ends with your train journey back to Kyoto or Osaka. You can use our train tickets to board a morning train, or you can enjoy a full day in Nara and travel onwards in the late afternoon or early evening.

Meals: Breakfast





















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