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.

Things to Do in Nara

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Sarusawa Pond in Nara

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Great Statue of Buddha in Todaiji

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Great Statue of Buddha in Todaiji, Shared world by you.

Todaiji Temple in Nara

A large majestic temple in Nara

Thanks for sharing amazing photographs and information. Happy new year to team Japan Travel.

Tōdai-ji, Deer, and Gardens in Nara

Friendly deer to tourist friendly gardens explore Nara

Good article. I missed Yoshikien and Isuien garden on my Nov 2016 trip. Will visit if I am at Osaka or Kyoto again.

Sarusawa Pond in Nara

A sad story with a beautiful view

informative.