🌟Discovering Nara Terraced Rice Fields棚田by bicycle/秋の棚田サイクリング🌟
JAPAN’S LOST HISTORY
Asuka is a village nestled among the hills of the Nara……. Asuka is at the CENTRE of Japan’s history as the home of the FIRST EMPEROR and the roots of Buddhism.
September is the best time to see terraced rice fields 棚田.
This will be an easy bicycle ride…….our first bicycle ride gathering…woohoooo
TAKE A LOOK AT OUR PHOTOS FROM A PREVIOUS TRIP:
15~25 people, all guests must be fit enough to ride a bicycle a distance of at least 10km over rolling terrain, walk up and down hill and across uneven and potentially slippery terrain. Good walking shoes or hiking boots are necessary. No high heels!
Train fare: ¥710 (each way) Osaka Abenobashi-Asuka.
Electrically assisted bicycle rental is ¥1,500 (please pay yourself)
*Okadera (Dragonball Temple) Entry: ¥400 Okadera’s formal name is Ryugaeji, Dragon Lid Temple. Legend tells the story of a dragon that was marauding the people of Asuka in ancient times. The monk Gien Sojo fought and defeated the dragon, forcing it to repent of its actions before confining it under a heavy rock, the “ryugae” or dragon lid, in a small pond. He then founded Ryugaeji Temple (Okadera) around the pond with the dragon as one of the deities. The dragon pond is still extant on the grounds of Okadera to this day.
Okadera’s Buddha is the oldest ceramic Buddha in Japan, over 1200 years old. To complement the dragon balls, it’s also a Buddha of wish granting. The wishes of those who are pure of heart are said to come true when they pray to this Buddha.
*Next stop is Ishibutai Kofun: Entry ¥300, the Ishibutai Kofun tomb was likely built for Soga no Umako, a 6th-7th century samurai lord who helped Japan’s Emperor legitimize and profligate Buddhism across the nation. After his death in 626 the Ishibutai Kofun was built to inter his body.
*After, we will visit Inabuchi Terraced Rice Paddies. We’ll ride bikes to a spot on the roadside, park and lock them up, then go for a walk through the rice paddies and then down along the Asuka River across the Jumping Stones (Tobi-ishi), through a small farming village and then back to the bikes rental shop.
TOUR FEE: 1500yen (you pay for your own transport, location entry and bicycle hire)
9:55am-: Meet at Abenobashi Station. We will meet infront of the “MOS Burger” next to the EAST exit!!! (if your coming from the Midosuji Subway line GET OFF AT TENNOJI SUBWAY STATION GO TO EXIT 4)
10:20am-11:02am: Kintetsu Line Express Train to Asuka (back up 10:40am Ltd. Express +¥500/person).
11:02am-11:20am: Arrive in Asuka rent bicycles (acquire release forms in advance have guests read and sign on the train?).
11:20am-11:40am: ride to Ishibutai, park bicycles.
11:40am-12:15pm: Explore Ishibutai.
1:30pm-1:45pm: cycle to Okadera.
1:45pm-2:45pm: explore Okadera.
2:45pm-3:15pm: cycle to Inabuchi terraced rice paddies.
3:15pm-4:15pm: explore Inabuchi terraced rice paddies, Tobi-ishi and farm village.
4:15pm-4:45pm: ride back to Asuka Station.
4:45pm-4:55pm: return bicycles.