The Asuka area in Nara was the capital of Japan during the Asuka period. Kitora Tomb, which is located in the area, host a rare display of ancient Chinese star chart. Do not miss this video out if you want to learn more before you enjoy your next visit to the area!

Recommended sites: The Kitora Tumulus and the Center for Preservation of Kitora Tumulus Mural Paintings, Takamatsuzuka Tumulus, Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties
For more information, visit Asuka Historical National Park’s website:

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