The Birthplace of the Nation

World-famous shrines, temples, and historical sites welcome you to Nara as the birthplace of the nation where the first legendary Emperor Jinmu established the palace at Kashihara. The vast Nara Palace at the center of the capital Heijo-Kyo brings you to feel the Nara period.

Easy access to Nara on the local train from Nagoya, Kyoto, and Osaka. Or take the JR Tokaido Shinkansen (the bullet train) from Tokyo to Nagoya or Kyoto, and then transfer to the local train.

Temples and Shrines

Horyuji Temple

Horyuji is the world's oldest wooden temple built by Prince Shotoku in Ikarruga province far from the capital in Asuka. The temple was an icon to express the power of the nation.

Asukadera Temple

Asukadera is the first full-scale Buddhist temple in Japan to promote the establishment of an independent nation. What did Emperor Suiko aim for?

Todaiji Temple

Emperor Shomu's dearest desire was realized by building the Greate Buddha and Todai-ji Temple. What was his desire?

Yoshimizu & Yoshino Shrines

Mt. Yoshino is famous for its 1,000 cherry trees at a glance you can look over it. Emperor Go-Daigo founded the Southern Court with an indomitable spirit to realize the Emperor's parental rule from the samurai government.