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

Latest travel features

Big Buddha's Legacy in Nara

Enjoy a great view visiting Todaiji

Souvenirs from Japan

Souvenirs with special meanings

Wisteria Season in Nara

Enjoying the wisteria flowers in Nara at Golden Week

Kurokawa Honke in Nara

Enjoy various dishes made with arrowroot

Community discussion

Nara City

Japan's former capital combines history and nature

I liked Nara very much. Good memories!

Tōdai-ji, Deer, and Gardens in Nara

Friendly deer to tourist friendly gardens explore Nara

human friendly cute deer. i want to feed them.

Isuien Garden

An exceptional Japanese-style garden in Nara

So beautiful in autumn! I was there in spring.

Nara City Tourist Information

Centers at both major stations have visitors covered

wanna visit there some times.