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An ancient capital with excellent examples of traditional architecture. Images of Buddha abound at Horyu-ji Temple, a World Cultural Heritage Site.
Nara Prefecture is situated in the west central section of Honshu. The formation of an ancient nation started around mid-3rd century, with the Yamato district as its center, and was completed by the late 6th century. The capital was placed in Asuka, in the southern part of the Nara Basin, located in the northwestern part of present-day Nara Prefecture, and it prospered as the political and economic center of Japan until the early 8th century. After the capital was relocated to Heijo-kyo (now Nara City) in 710, many temples and shrines were built there under the direction of the imperial family and aristocrats, and temple towns soon developed. Such temples and shrines include Todai-ji Temple, which has the Daibutsu, the world's largest Buddha statue, made of copper and gold, it is enshrined in the world's largest wooden structure, Daibutsu-den (Great Buddha Hall).
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Todai-ji Temple in Nara
A World Cultural Heritage Site.Todai-ji Temple, known for its "Daibutsu-san," or Great Buddha, is with an imposing appearance of the largest wooden structure in the world. This is a famous temple of the Kegon sect and was founded by Roben.The imperial ordinance was issued for the construction of Great Buddha.
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Gose Church / Nara
Address:Toge60 Gosho city Nara
Access:Kuzu St.(Kintetsu Line)
Mass:Sun 9:00am
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Tomio Church / Nara
Address:Tomiokita1-10-3 Nara city Nara
Access:Tomio St.(Kintetsu Line)
Mass:Sun 11:00am,Wed/Fri 10:00am
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Tomigaoka Church / Nara
Address:Nakatomigaoka2-1984-72 Nara city Nara
Access:Gakuenmae St.(Kintetsu Line)
Mass:Sun 9:00am,Tue 9:30am,Fri 9:00am
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Nara Church / Nara
Address:Noboriojicho36 Nara city Nara
Access:Nara St.(Kintetsu Line)
Mass:Sun 7:00am/11:00am,Sat 6:30am
English Mass:1stSun 3:00pm
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Yamatokoriyama Church / Nara
Address:Jonancho1-33 Yamatokoriyama city Nara
Access:Yamatokoriyama St.(Kintetsu Line)
Mass:Sun 9:00am,thu 9:30am
English mass:Wed 10:30am
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Yamatotakada Church / Nara
Address:Onakaminamicho6-11 Yamatotakada city Nara
Access:Takadashi St.(Kintetsu line)
Mass:Sun 8:30am or 10:30am,Thu 10:30am
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Yamatoyagi Church / Nara
Address:Yagicho1-7-10 Kashihara city Nara
Access:Yamatoyagi St.(Kintetsu Line)
Mass:Sun 11:00am,Tue 10:00am
English Mass:3rdSun 2:00pm
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Horyu-ji Temple in Nara
A World Cultural Heritage Site.Horyu-ji Temple is located in Nara Prefecture. It is inscribed as a World Cultural Heritage Site as the world's oldest existing wooden structure. It was founded by a group of people that included Prince Shotoku, a son of the Emperor Yomei, in dedication to his father in the early 7th century.
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Todai-ji Temple in Nara
A World Cultural Heritage Site.Todai-ji Temple, known for its "Daibutsu-san," or Great Buddha, is with an imposing appearance of the largest wooden structure in the world. This is a famous temple of the Kegon sect and was founded by Roben.The imperial ordinance was issued for the construction of Great Buddha.
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Kasuga-taisha Shrine in Nara
A World Cultural Heritage Site.Kasuga-taisha was built in 768 by Lord Fujiwara, a man of influence in those days, by the order of Emperor Shotoku. It is unique in that it enshrines four gods from important shrines around the country, such as Kashima-jingu of Ibaraki, Katori-jingu and Hiraoka-jinja.
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Yakushi-ji Temple in Nara
A World Cultural Heritage Site.Yakushi-ji was built in the year 680 by the Emperor Tenmu, praying for a cure to the illness of Uno-no-Sararahime-Miko (Empress under Emperor Tenmu, and later Jito). The temple was originally located in Fujiwara-kyo. In 718, it was moved to its present location in the capital at Nara.
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Shin-Yakushi-ji Temple in Nara
Shin-Yakushi-ji was built in 747 by Empress Komyo, who was the wife of Emperor Shomu, so that she would be able to pray for a cure of the Emperors eye ailment. Along with Todai-ji, Shin-Yakushi-ji was one of the biggest temples of that time.
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Akishino-dera Temple in Nara
Great Buddha, is with an imposing appearance of the largest wooden structure in the world. This is a famous temple of the Kegon sect and was founded by Roben.The imperial ordinance was issued for the construction of Great Buddha.
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Hase-dera Temple in Nara
Hase-dera, located in the city of Sakurai, Nara Prefecture, is said to have been built by Emperor Tenmu, who is known for his activities in the 7th century. The Main Hall, a five-storied pagoda, and halls of various sizes can be seen halfway up the slope of Hase-yama.
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Kofuku-ji Temple in Nara
When the city of Nara was being built in 710, Fujiwara Fuhito, an influential politician of the time, relocated the temple of Umayasaka-dera from Asuka and renamed it Kofuku-ji. As it was a temple dedicated to the glory of the Fujiwara family, it prospered as the Fujiwaras careers flourished in government.
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Nara National Museum in Nara
It is located in Nara Koen, a park around which are the temples Todai-ji and Kofuku-ji Temples and the shrine Kasuga-taisha. The museum is distinguished by its focus on collecting and preserving cultural properties, including old works of art with a deep connection to Buddhism, and archaeological relics.
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Asuka Historical Museum in Nara
The Asuka region was once the center of Japanese political and cultural life, with the capital sited here for more than 100 years from late in the 6th century. The Asuka period is so-named because this is the period when Buddhism was brought from the Asian continent and Buddhist art flourished.
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Nara Art Museum in Nara
Nara Kenritsu Bijutsukan is located at the entrance of Nara Koen, a park which offers both history and natural beauty. The museum houses ukiyo-e woodblock prints, modern paintings, dyed cloth, armour and folklore resources.
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Yamayaki (Grass Burning)
4th Saturday of January in Nara
First, the hill is ignited with the sacred fire by members of Kofuku-ji, Todai-ji and Kasuga Taisha. Then 200 fireworks are launched and the hill continues to burn for some 30 minutes. With the fire brigade standing by, there's no need to worry about the fire spreading.
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Setsubun Mantoro (Lantern festival)
February 3rd in Nara
At Kasuga Taisha Shrine in Nara, each of the more than 3,000 lanterns in the precincts are lit up three days a year, namely on February 3rd.The reflections of the light on the river surface and the vermilion buildings of the shrine strike a beautiful harmony.
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Omizutori (Water-Drawing Festival)
March 1st-14th in Nara
The Omizutori, the highlight of this event, is performed 13th. Water which only springs forth in front of the temple building on this very day is drawn up and offered to the Buddhist deities. This water is said to have special powers for curing all disease.
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Takigi O-Noh (Bonfire Noh performance)
3rd week on Fri & Sat of May in Nara
Takigi O-Noh is a traditional Japanese musical drama performed on the open-air stage,which is registered as a World Heritage Site. The stage is made by placing large boards over the lawn, with bamboo poles set up,and the drama is performed amid the illumination.
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Kasuga Wakamiya On-Matsuri
December 15th-18th in Nara
This historic festival continues to be one of the largest annual events of Nara Prefecture, attracting a great many tourists.The greatest attractions of the festival are concentrated on the 17th, which is known as Hon-Matsuri.
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Nara calligraphy brushes in Nara
Nara was the capital of Japan, known as Heijokyo, from 714 to 794. In those days Nara was the center of both politics and culture, and it was then that craftsmen in Nara began to produce calligraphy brushes. Tradition has it that brush-making began when the monk Kukai.
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Nara-koen Park in Nara
Late Marach to late April
Herds of deer are renowned there as the holy messengers of Kasuga-taisha Shrine, and are placed under careful protection. The park has about 1,700 cherry trees of various kinds, including Narayae-zakura and Kokonoe-zakura.
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Mt.Yoshino-yama in Nara
Early to late April
Mt. Yoshino-yama, located almost at the center of Nara Prefecture, is Japan's best location for viewing cherry blossoms. Many years ago, people had a custom of dedicating cherry tree seedlings to the Zao-do Hall of Kinpusen-ji Temple.
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Hase-dera Temple in Nara
Late April to late early May
The first peony was dedicated by the Tang Dynasty, about 7,000 bushes of 150 different varieties are planted in the gardens of wonderful colors such as red, white, pink and purple. The view from the passageway is marvelous, as its nickname implies.
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Fudonanae falls in Nara

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Seirei falls in Nara

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