The capital of Japan in the 700’s was a place called Nara.

These are the years when the national government gained strength and the Japanese prospered. The modern Japanese culture has roots going back to ancient Nara, which the ancient monuments located here help give insight to. Nara had an extensive system of roads based on a grid and was home to around 100,000 people.

Today, many of these ancient monuments have survived, including 6 Buddhist temples, a Shinto shrine, and 5 forests. There are 48 total Buddhist monuments just in the Horyuji area, so there is much for visitors to explore.

WHY SPECIAL

7 sites in this World Heritage

  • Todai-ji
  • Kofuku-ji
  • Kasuga-Taisha and Kasugayama Primeval Forest
  • Gango-ji
  • Yakushi-ji
  • Toshodai-ji
  • Nara Palace Site

Kasuga-Taisha and Kasugayama Primeval Forest

Yakushi-ji

Toshodai-ji

Nara Palace Site

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