When Nara was the capital of Japan from 710 to 784 it was called Heijokyo, a city that was considered the cradle of Japanese culture. Nara was also home to Buddhism’s finest temples and much of the times grand buildings still stand today and have been registered on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List as an irreplaceable part of the cultural heritage of all humanity.



About Nara

Nara was Japan’s capital city during the years 710 to 784. Today Nara is the capital city of the Nara Prefecture and one of the…



Naramachi is the old town district of Nara that was once home to merchants homes and their stores along the narrow streets of a former…

Nara Museum

Nara National Museum

One of the more outstanding art museums in Japan, the Nara National Museum specialises in Buddhist arts and is located in the world famous Nara…

Nara Park

Nara Park

Established in 1880 the beautiful Nara Park was designated as a scenic spot in 1922 and is a must for any visitor to the old…

Nara Deer

Kasuga Grand Shrine and Garden

The Kasuga Grand Shrine (also known as Kasuga-taisha) was founded in 768 AD by the powerful Fujiwara Family around the time when Nara was the…

Todai-ji Temple

Todaiji Temple

Also spelt as Tōdai-ji Temple, The Todaiji Temple is a Buddhist temple originally founded by Emperor Shomu to enshrine the Great image of Buddha Vairocana….

Kofuku-ji Temple

Kofukuji Temple

Also spelt Kōfuku-ji or Kohfukuji, the Kofukuji Temple is an UNESCO world heritage listed site that dates back to a temple that was built 669AD….

Nara Shopping

Nara Shopping

The majority of Nara’s most popular attractions are situated around Nara Park which is a 5 minute stroll from Nara’s railway stations. Along the way…

Nara Station

Getting around Nara

Nara is a popular tourist destination in the Kansai region and being under an hour from Osaka and Kyoto makes for a perfect day trip…

Only in Japan

Whale Restaurant

There are a few restaurants where you can research what a whale tastes like.