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One day visit to Nara
Spend a day in Nara to see where the arts, architecture and Buddhist religion first flourished.
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The village of Asuka, the first capital of Japan
The village of Asuka was the first known capital of Japan but is today less known.
Kashihara Guide: Imai Town is an area of preserved Edo and Meiji period buildings in Yagi, Nara near Kashihara Shrine.
The Nara Top Ten
Unmissable places, temples, gardens and museums: Sayoko our Travel Angel in Nara, shares her top ten things to see and do.
Imai-ch: read a guide to Imai-cho - a cluster of well-preserved Edo and Meiji period buildings in Nara Prefecture near Kashihara Jingu shrine.
Asuka: read a guide to the Asuka area of Nara Prefecture rich in ancient tombs and archaeological sites and considered the cradle of Japanese civilization.
Takamatsuzuka Tomb & Takamatsuzuka Mural Hall
The Takamatsuzuka Tomb is a burial mound (kofun) dating from the Asuka Period of Japanese history. It's beautiful wall frescoes are reproduced in the Takamatsuzuka Mural Hall.
Ishibutai Burial Mound
The Ishibutai Burial Mound is a burial mound (kofun) in the Asuka district of Nara prefecture that is believed to be the tomb of Soga no Umako (551-626).
Naramachi in Nara is the Edo Period merchant quarter of the city with many well-preserved machiya town houses, museums and temples.
Nara Palace Site Historical Park
The Nara Palace Site Historical Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was the site of the Imperial capital in Nara from 710 to 784.
Kofun: Ancient Japanese Tombs
What are these kofun, former imperial tombs, that dot the landscape between Osaka and Nara? Let's take a step back in time ...
North of the city, the Imperial Palace of the former capital has given itself a second youth in the second half of the twentieth century.
South of Nara-koen and the Sarusawa pond, the picturesque neighborhood of Naramachi is full of small restaurants and traditional machiya.
Iga Ueno Castle
Iga Ueno Castle: read a guide to Ueno Castle in Iga-Ueno. Ueno Castle has some of the hightest walls of any castle in Japan.
Mount Omine in Nara Prefecture are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Shugendo sect has used the mountain as a spiritual training ground for over 1000 years.
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