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Nara is a former capital of Japan and is famous for its many World Heritage Sites including Todaiji, Kofukuji and Nara Park with its free roaming deer. There are many attractions in and near to Nara Park. Nara is an easy day trip from Kyoto.

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    Daijoin Temple Garden

    Former Daijoin Temple Garden in Nara is a garden where Daijoin Temple once stood. The garden was designed by Zen-ami in the mid Muromachi Period (1336 – 1568). In 1958 the site was designated as a Scenic Place. Starting in 1973 the Japan National Trust started restoring the garden.

  • Don Quijote Nara

    Don Quijote is a chain of discount stores selling a wide range of products including groceries, electronics and clothing. This store is in Nara.

  • Enjo-ji Temple

    Enjo-ji Temple is a Buddhist temple of the Shingon sect in north eastern Nara. Enjo-ji Temple is believed to have been established in 756AD. The two oldest structures at Enjo-ji Temple, which are both designated Important Cultural Properties, are the two story gate built in 1468 and the Hondo in 1472. There are several associated read more

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    Gangoji Temple

    Gangoji Temple is a Buddhist temple was established in 588 as part of Asuka-dera. In 718 it was moved to Nara and became one of the Seven Great Temples of Nara. Gangoji Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms part of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara” listing.

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    Heijo Palace

    Heijo Palace was the former Imperial Palace during the Nara Period, when Nara was the capital of Japan. Today little remains above the ground of the original buildings and there is now a reconstruction of Suzakumon (gate) to the palace. Heijo Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms part of the “Historic Monuments read more

  • Heijo-kyo

    Heijo-kyo, also known as Nara no miyako, was the capital city of Japan during most of the Nara period (710-740 and 745-784). Heijo-kyo was focused around the World Heritage Site of Heijo Palace in what today is Nara city.

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