We take a short train ride from Kyoto south to Asuka, Japan’s first permanent capital. On the southern edge of the Yamato Plain, Asuka is home to some of the first Buddhist temples in Japan. The town is also dotted with burial mounds, said to be those of the first Emperors. From Asuka, we make our way to Osaka port and catch the overnight ferry through the Seto Inland Sea to Beppu. On board we have private cabins and can even enjoy a Japanese bath!
Walking distance: 5.3km / 3.3 miles
Time required: About 1.5 hours