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Japan's ancient capital delivers on culture

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Cosmos at the Fujiwara Palace Ruins

Cosmos at the Fujiwara Palace Ruins

Oct 1st - Oct 31st

The ruins of Fujiwara Palace in Nara are home to a range of great flower events throughout the year, and throughout October pink..

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Cosmos at Hannyaji Temple

Cosmos at Hannyaji Temple

Oct 10th - Nov 15th

Nara's Hannyaji Temple is often referred to as the "Cosmos Temple" for good reason - there are approximately 150,000 cosmos..

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Kasuga Wakamiya On-Matsuri

Kasuga Wakamiya On-Matsuri

Mid Dec

Traditional performing arts can be enjoyed at this annual festival held since the 12th century.

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Horyu-ji Temple, Nara

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Horyu-ji Temple in Ikaruga Town, Nara is famous for being the oldest wooden building in the world. Under the name of 'Buddhist..

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Maximizing the Fun in Ikaruga-Cho

Maximizing the Fun in Ikaruga-Cho

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Ikaruga-cho is a town in Nara Prefecture. It’s most famous for Horyuji Temple, home of the world’s oldest wooden buildings.

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About Nara

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
Region Kansai
Island Honshu
Population 1,400,728
Area 3,690.94 km²

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 Prefecture (奈良県, Nara-ken) 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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