"NARA - THE ANCIENT CITY (under construction)" Nara by bkoon

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NARA was our side trip from Kyoto. We spent merely a day there and visited some of the sights. Nara is a deer place and it also houses the biggest Buddha. Famous for its Tea Porridge, by all means, visit Nara.


"Located almost at the center of the Japanese archipelago, Nara Prefecture is an inland prefecture surrounded by the four prefectures of Osaka to the west, Kyoto to the north, Wakayama to the south and Mie to the east. Nara, with a total population of some 1.44 million, has a diversified geography, a plane to the north and the Kii Mountain Range, or 'the Roof of Kinki (or Osaka Area)' to the south. Approx. 60% of the prefectural area is occupied by forest. Its main industries are textiles, timber and lumber.

Nara occupies an important position in the history of Japan; it is said that the first state was located in Nara. Nara is also a home of various World Heritage sites such as Todaiji Temple, Horyuji Temple, and others including numerous Buddhist art and architecture classified as National Treasures and Important Cultural Asset.

The ancient capital, Nara Heijokyo, established in 710 A.D. and modeled on Changan, Capital of Tang Dynasty China, was an international city, designated by World Heritage as a historical asset. Nara will soon celebrate the 13th centennial anniversary of its founding. A city plan is being undertaken with 'history', 'culture' and 'friendship exchange' as key words, looking forward to the next 100 years or 1,000 years to come." - Extracted from a very good Nara Weblink.

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  • Pros:Nice Place
  • Cons:Hordes of Tourists in May
  • In a nutshell:Must Visit
  • Last visit to Nara: May 2004
  • Intro Updated Jun 2, 2004
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