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Le temple Todaiji à Nara

One day visit to Nara

Spend a day in Nara to see where the arts, architecture and Buddhist religion first flourished.

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.

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Kashihara Guide

Kashihara Guide: Imai Town is an area of preserved Edo and Meiji period buildings in Yagi, Nara near Kashihara Shrine.

The Great Buddha of Todaiji Temple

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.

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Imai-cho Guide

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.

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Asuka Guide

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 Nara

Naramachi in Nara is the Edo Period merchant quarter of the city with many well-preserved machiya town houses, museums and temples.

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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 ...

Heijô Palace in Nara

Heijô Palace

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.

Naramachi neighborhood

Naramachi

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.

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Mount Omine

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.