Nara (prefecture)

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Nara (prefecture)

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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
  • Tenkawa

Other destinations

  • 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)


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