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.
Aspecial event at the Shouhaku Art Museum in Nara running until November 29th looks at the work of three generations of Uemura's..
Traditional performing arts can be enjoyed at this annual festival held since the 12th century.
A special exhibition at the Yamato Bunkakan in Nara looks at the works of Nobutada Konoe (1565 – 1614), Hon'ami Koetsu (15..
An ancient paradise beyond memory, Sasayuri-Ann in Nara Prefecture is the perfect combination of Japanese style and luxurious accommodation...
Ikaruga-cho is a town in Nara Prefecture. It's most famous for Horyuji Temple, home of the world's oldest wooden buildings.