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

Dragon Ball Temple Okadera

Home of the Wish Granting Buddha and Dragon Balls

Toshodaiji and Yakushiji Temples

Stress free with Nara Kotsu's Bus Tour

Nara: The Ancient Capital

Visiting a gem of the Kansai region

Community discussion

The Kohechi Pilgrimage Route

Wow this looks awesome! Can't believe I didn't know that such mountains paths existed within the Kansai region. Will have to give this place a chance sometime!

Nara City

Nara with a great history is really a perfect place to travel when you have an opportunity to arrive in Japan and I also want to take it as soon as possible.

Nara in the Rain

Nice, I hadn't seen this more rural side of Nara before :)

Nara: The Ancient Capital

Great video! Thanks for sharing