About Nara
Region:Kansai
Island:Honshu
Capital:Nara
Population:1,400,728
Area:3,690.94 sq. km

Japan’s first permanent capital from AD 710 to 794 (known then as Heijo), as well as the site of the ancient capitals of Asuka and Fujiwara, it goes without saying that Nara is filled with history and culture.

Nara is renowned for its many prestigious temples, led by Todai-ji (home of the Nara Great Buddha) and Horyu-ji, the oldest wooden building in the world. The lesser-known Asuka Temple is considered to be the oldest temple in Japan, constructed in AD 588. The traditional performing art of Daimokutate is performed every October 12th and is a sight to behold.

One of the most iconic sights of Nara is Nara Park; in addition to it containing Todai-ji, Kofuku-ji, and Kasuga Shrine, it is famous for its roaming deer - visitors can even feed them! The town of Yoshino is arguably the best spot in Japan for cherry blossom viewing.

Latest travel features

Nara Dreamland

Explore an abandoned amusement park

Nara City Tourist Information

Centers at both major stations have visitors covered

Hozanji Temple in Nara's Ikoma City

A traditional temple and setting unsullied by tourism

Mt. Ikoma on the Nara Osaka Border

Awesome views and fun walks

Community discussion

Nara Dreamland

Superrrrrrrrr cool. Reminds me of an article I read about when some journalists broke into Michael Jackson's "Neverland Ranch."

Ninja Training at the Akame 48 Waterfalls

This sounds fantastic. Not only is it a great way to experience Japanese culture but it is an excuse to get out of the city and explore Japanese nature.

Rice Terrace Villa Sasayuri-ann

Sounds like a comfortable place to stay! Ninja is cool!

Nara's Yamato Cha Green Tea

Wow - thanks for the insight Bryan! Looks like you'll be Yamato's next great tea connoisseur!