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City of Nara



Situated close to the center of the Japanese archipelago, Nara is the spiritual birthplace of Japan that has conserved and inherited many World Heritage sites and traditional Japanese culture. Nara Prefecture is an interior prefecture surrounded by the 4 prefectures of Kyoto to the north, Osaka to the west, Wakayama to the south and Mie to the east. Nara, with a total community of 1.44 million, enjoys of a diversified geography. Maybe the 60% of the prefectural area is occupied by forest. Its principal industries are textiles, timber and lumber. Also Nara has developed as an International Cultural Tourism City.

Nara has an important position in the Japan's history; the history says that first state was located in Nara. Nara is also a home of various World Heritage sites for example: Todaiji Temple, Horyuji Temple, and others including numerous Buddhist art and architecture classified as National Treasures and Important Cultural Asset.

Nara will soon commemorate the 13th centennial anniversary of its establishment. A city plan is being assumed with 'history', 'culture' and 'friendship exchange' as key words, looking forward to the next 100 years or 1,000 years to come.


Nara Travel Guide - The middle gate of the Grand Shrine of Kasuga
The middle gate of the Grand Shrine of Kasuga.
Nara Travel Guide - On-Matsuri Festival
On-Matsuri Festival






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