Welcome to Asuka village !
The ASUKA Era is one which was based on Buddhism, many temples connecting with its history, starting with Prince SHOTOKU. There are also many shrines, some famous for their festivals, such as the ONDA MATSURI dating back to ancient times.
Built by SOGA NO UMAKO it is known to be Japan's first official temple. Magnificent temple remains are confirmed. Along with TORIGATAYAMA and ANGOIN, it lays claim to be one of Japan's oldest temples, housing the ASUKA DAIBUTSU (bronze statue).
Officially named RYUGAIJI is seventh on the Western Temple Tour (there are approximately 36 temples on this tour). The RYUGAI IKE pond where a rogue dragon was said to be captured is on the site. The main NYOIRIN KANNO is Japan's largest clay KANNO figure. Also, on the grounds there are over 3,000 rhododendrons making spring (April thru May) the best time to visit.
Said to be the birthplace of Prince SHOTOKU, it is one of the seven temples commissioned by SHOTOKUTAISHI. The existing temple is from the EDO Period, however the beautiful TACHIBANA shaped foundation stone for the Pagoda tells a story of the temple.
Along with ASUKADERA and DAIKANDAIJI it is one of the three large temples of ASUKA. Although there are many riddles about its original construction, images of the original structure can be viewed in a model at the ASUKA Historical Museum
This old shrine from which ASUKA gets its name, is the shrine at which 87 generations of priests have descended. On the site, there are numerous offering stones, and it is famous for its ceremonies of the sexual nature, such as the ONDA MATSURI (held on the first Sunday of February.) The shrine is known for its blessings in childbearing, safe delivery and matchmaking.
According to [NIHONSHOKI] ancient trials were performed by placing the defendant's hand in a pot of boiling water, if the hand burned, the defendant was guilty, this was called KUGATACHI. Emperor INGYO's SHISEISEIDO system would perform KUGATACHI by standing the defendant in front of the Gods of AMAKASHI. Now, every first Sunday of April they hold a ceremony regarding this KUGATACHI.
HINOKUMADERA is said to be built by the YAMATO NO AYA UJI (Korean Immigrants) as a place of worship. Recently renamed and replaced by OMIASHI JINJA. At the site the 13 storey stone Pagoda (a National Treasure) built in the HEIAN Period stands.