Nara Prefecture is a prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan. The capital is the city of Nara. Nara Prefecture has the distinction of having more UNESCO World Heritage Listings than any other prefecture.
Kasuga Grand Shrine is a Shinto shrine in the city of Nara. Established in 768 AD and rebuilt several times over the centuries, it is the shrine of the Fujiwara family.
Nara Park is a public park located in the city of Nara, at the foot of Mount Wakakusa, established in 1300s and one of the oldest parks in Japan. Tōdai-ji, Eastern Great Temple is a Buddhist temple complex , that was once one of the powerful Seven Great Temples, located in the city of Nara. Its Great Buddha Hall , houses the world’s largest bronze statue of the Buddha, known in Japanese simply as Daibutsu.
Hōryū-ji is a Buddhist temple that was once one of the powerful Seven Great Temples. The Japanese government lists several of its structures, sculptures and artifacts as National Treasures. Hōryū-ji was inscribed together with Hokki-ji as a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the name Buddhist Monuments in the Hōryū-ji Area.
And, Chūgū-ji temple is also located in Nara Prefecture, that was founded as a nunnery in the seventh century by Shōtoku Taishi. Located immediat nce one of the powerful Seven Great Temples, in Ikaruga, Nara Prefecture. ely to the northeast of Hōryū-ji, its statue of Miroku and Tenjukoku mandala are National Treasures.
Horyu-ji was founded in 607 by Prince Shotoku. The temple has the oldest wooden buildings in the world. Hōryū-ji was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Nara National Museum
Nara National Museum is located in Nara Park where there are also some famous temples such as Todaiji Temple and Kohukuji. It exhibits mainly Buddhist art.
Kofukuji Temple was moved to its current location in Nara from Kyoto in 710, the year when the capital was moved to Nara, as the main temple of the Fujiwara family.
Kasuga Taisha Shrine was founded in the 8th century by the Fujiwara family and used to be completely rebuilt every 20 years, according to Shinto tradition, until the end of the 14th century.
Hasedera Temple in Nara
Various kinds of flowers blooming through the year on Hasedera's grounds, the temple has been nicknamed 'Flower temple' since ancient times. I especially love to visit the Hasedera to view the Ajisai, hydrangea in the early summer season.
Nara Mantoe Matsuri
August 15th is a special day for the Japanese as it is the anniversary of the end of World WarⅡand it is also the last day of the Bon holiday on which it is believed that ancestors’ spirits that came back to this world go back to the netherworld again. On this day, an annual event called Mantoe is held at night in the Todaiji temple in Nara.
The Todaiji Temple is located in the famous Nara Park and is the world’s largest wooden structure. The origins of the Tōdaiji lie in a temple called Kinshō-ji which was founded in 728 for the repose of the spirit of Crown Prince Motoi, son of Emperor Shōmu.