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Japan's ancient capital delivers on culture

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Nyaramachi Neko Art Festival

Nyaramachi Neko Art Festival

Early - Late Jun

Nyaramachi Neko Art Festival celebrates cats and cat-inspired artwork throughout June.

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Sasayuri-ann - Rice Terrace Villa

Sasayuri-ann - Rice Terrace Villa

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Branded as an ancient paradise beyond memory, Sasayuri-ann in Nara Prefecture is a unique lodging with rich history and fascinating..

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Hotel Wellness Asukaji

Hotel Wellness Asukaji

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Hotel Wellness Asukaji is a typical Japanese BBB (Bed, Bath and Breakfast). This conveniently located hotel just off of Nara Park..

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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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Kashihara Jingu

Kashihara Jingu

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Kashihara Jingu is a shrine dedicated to the very first Emperor of Japan and sits close to where his palace is thought to have been...

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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
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 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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