Nara

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Japan's first permanent capital was established in the year 710 at Heijo, the city now known as Nara (奈良). As the influence and political ambitions of the city's powerful Buddhist monasteries grew to become a serious threat to the government, the capital was moved to Nagaoka in 784.

Nara is located less than one hour from Kyoto and Osaka. Due to its past as the first permanent capital, it remains full of historic treasures, including some of Japan's oldest and largest temples.

What To See

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Omizutori

Buddhist ceremonies involving water and fire.

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Nara Park

Central city park with wild deer.

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Shin-Yakushiji

With beautiful statues of Yakushi and guardians.

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Heijo Palace

The former site of Nara's Imperial Palace.

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Wakakusayama

Grass covered mountain behind Nara Park.

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Naramachi

Former merchant district with old houses.

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Side Trips from Nara

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Yoshino

Japan's most famous cherry blossom spot.

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Iga Ueno

Former castle town famous for ninja.

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Asuka

The cradle of the Japanese civilization.

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Last updated: July 19, 2014
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Hotels around Nara

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Asukaso

A fine ryokan with hot spring bath offering views of the famous five-story pagoda. Located in the heart of Nara town.

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Centrally located ryokan with outdoor baths that view onto the pagoda of Kofukuji Temple.

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Hotel Fujita Nara

Regular business hotel located halfway between JR Nara Station and Nara Park.

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Nara Hotel

One of the oldest Western style hotels in Japan, located next to Nara Park.

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