A journey to meet Lady Nukata

Japan HeritageAsuka River

This river appears often in the Man’yoshu. Some poems liken the flow of the river to a person’s feelings about love. In an upstream section of the river is Mebuchi, where legend has it that Empress Kogyoku conducted rain-making rituals. Ancient stepping stones remain laid across the river. And alongside the river are landscapes reminiscent of the Asuka Period, such as the beautiful terraced rice paddies of the Inabuchi area.


Kashihara-shi and Asuka-mura