Asuka (Nara)

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明日香 村
Geographical location in Japan
Asuka (Nara) (Japan)
Red pog.svg
Region : Kinki
Prefecture : Nara
Coordinates : 34 ° 28 '  N , 135 ° 49'  E Coordinates: 34 ° 28 '17 "  N , 135 ° 49' 14"  E
Basic data
Surface: 24.08 km²
Residents : 5324
(October 1, 2019)
Population density : 221 inhabitants per km²
Community key : 29402-1
Tree : Japanese zelkove
Flower : Citrus tachibana
town hall
Address : Asuka Village Hall
55 Ōaza Oka
Asuka- mura, Takaichi-gun
Nara  634-0111
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Location Asukas in Nara Prefecture
Location of Asukas in the prefecture

Asuka ( Japanese 明日香 村 , - mura ) is a village in Takaichi-gun in Nara Prefecture in Japan .


From 538 to 710 , Asuka was the location for several Japanese imperial palaces (including the Kiyomihara Palace ) and thus also for the capital Asuka-kyō of the then Yamato Empire . This time is also called the Asuka period after the city at that time .

The Asuka-dera , the Asuka-niimasu-jinja , the Okadera and several other old structures from this period have been preserved. There are archaeological digs to uncover more relics. In the area, for example, wado coins, considered to be the oldest coins in Japan, and paintings in the kitora tombs have been unearthed. Because of the many sites there are strict building regulations in the city.

Ishibutai-Kofun, the presumed burial place of Soga no Umako

The Ishibutai-Kofun , a barrow, is also located in Asuka. On March 21, 2004 the discovery of the remains of a main building of a residence was announced. Since the residence adjoins the Kofun , it is likely that the residence belonged to Soga no Umako , who is believed to be buried in the Kofun.

Neighboring cities and communities

Web links

Commons : Asuka  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files