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Megaliths in Park Asuka, Japan

From series “The Most Mysterious Constructions of the Planet”
Several admirable buildings can be seen in the Japanese park Asuka. Here the huge megaliths have been resting for several centuries, the exact purpose of which remains unclear and puzzling to this day. According to the main version of the researchers, the giant megaliths with the patterns carved on the surface served as ancient sacrificial altars. One of the most interesting megaliths is Sakafune Ishi. On its surface, one has discovered the strange clinging tracks that the researchers have brought to the version on the sacred purpose of the stones.

Megaliths in Park Asuka, Japan One of the largest megaliths in the park is Masuda Iwafune, whose length is 11 meters, width - 8 meters, and the height - 4.7 meters. This huge stone, apparently carved out of the whole granite piece, weighs at least 7 tons. The age of the monolith is more than 2.5 thousand years. Another remarkable fact is that the granite rock from which the megaliths were created is incredibly solid. Even with modern equipment, it is extremely complicated to apply a scratch to the surface.

In what way the people worked the solid granite several thousand years ago, decorating it with patterns, is the riddle for the modern science. Locals believe in the magical power of megaliths. Many try to avoid them and do not touch the huge stones. These legends do not frighten the curious tourists, who are photographed next to the huge granite stones every day. Next - Carved Pillars Shravanabelagola

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ATM bankomat: 'JA Naraken Asuka Branch' located in 0.93 km ( check the route on the map).
Fuel station: 'Showa Shell Oil Asuka' in 0.57 km
Police station: 'Kashihara Police Station Etsu Substation' in 0.64 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Itami Airport ITM - in 49 km
 »  Kansai Airport KIX - in 51 km
 »  Kobe Airport UKB - in 56 km
 »  Nagoya Airport NKM - in 134 km
 »  Gifu Aero Airport QGU - in 137 km
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Best hotels near Megaliths in Park Asuka

Kashihara Oak Hotel

Located in 2 km from Megaliths in Park Asuka
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Rooms: 36
All rooms at Kashihara Oak Hotel are air-conditioned and include a fridge and an electric kettle with green tea. Each room has a desk, and some rooms … More: photo, rates and booking
Hotel Wellness Yamatoji

Located in 3 km from Megaliths in Park Asuka
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Rooms: 20
Rooms at Yamatoji Wellness Hotel have traditional futon bedding and tatami (woven-straw) floors. All rooms include an electric kettle, fridge and en … More: photo, rates and booking
Tounomine Kanko Hotel

Located in 5 km from Megaliths in Park Asuka
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Rooms: 42
The air-conditioned rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding. Yukata robes, a fridge, and an electric kettle with green … More: photo, rates and booking
Ryokan Taishoro

Located in 7 km from Megaliths in Park Asuka
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Rooms: 12
The air-conditioned rooms feature tatami-mat (woven straw) flooring and traditional futon bedding. They are fitted with an LCD TV, a safe and … More: photo, rates and booking

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Top destination around Megaliths in Park Asuka - Osaka

On a rainy day, you can take your kids to Legoland Discovery Center Osaka. Not only fans of Lego toys but everyone who likes original entertainment centers will like it here for sure. Here you can see huge figures built of miniature Lego bricks, as well as check out various themed and gaming rooms. Some rooms present realistic scaled-down models of cities, while in others, visitors can assemble their favorite Lego sets on their own. Several interesting amusement rides, including a huge Ferris wheel, are equipped in the adjacent territory.
Those who like to relax and have fun in advanced water parks will love Tsurumi Ryokuchi Pool. This is an indoor water park, therefore it welcomes visitors all year round. Its building features huge windows and a beautiful pool with a special children's area. Kids will undoubtedly like colorful slides, rubber rings, and air mattresses.

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is one more great center to explore with children. This aquarium is very big, featuring many spacious halls where one can admire colorful fish and even penguins - there is a special pavilion for them. Visitors to this aquarium have a chance to see huge sharks and stingrays, as well as check out a pavilion where fur seals live. All the aquarium inhabitants are kept in comfortable conditions close to natural, so they are always in a good mood.
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