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.

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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

Tanzan Shrine in Nara

The Most Beautiful Mountain Shrine in Japan?

Community discussion

Nara City Tourist Information

Very good looking place thanks for update this article..

The Kohechi Pilgrimage Route

Novriana Dewi, thank you ! I highly recommend this place if you enjoy mystical forests and traditional atmospheres. So much good memories here :)

Omori no Sato Country House

Wonderful to see a MODERN looking inn. Great prices too!

Totsukawa-mura Village

The river below the bridge is breathtaking! Is it possible to fish or play by the river bed?