Nara prefecture (奈良県 Nara-ken) is in the western Kansai region of the main Japanese island Honshu.
Nara has a creditable claim to be the home of Japan's Imperial family, and the prefecture houses no fewer than three ancient capitals: Asuka (538-694), Fujiwara (694-710) and Nara (710-784). The plain around Nara is scattered with grand temples and imperial burial sites known as kofun.
- Nara — Japan's capital before Kyoto, with temples and shrines laid out in a vast park
- Kashihara — the site of Japan's capital city, Fujiwarakyo (藤原京), before Nara.
- Yoshino (吉野) — the mountain area which comprises a part of another UNESCO World Heritage, and Japan's most famous cherry blossom viewing spots
- Asuka (飛鳥) — the homeground of Japan's earliest historical capital city, Asukakyo (飛鳥京)
- Hōryūji (法隆寺) — Ancient temples named as UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Ikaruga （斑鳩) Town
- Imai (今井町) — a preserved district of old merchant houses from Edo period in Kashihara
- Hase-dera (長谷寺)
- Yata-dera (矢田寺)
- Yagyu （柳生)
- Tsukigase （月ヶ瀬)