Nara is the capital city of Nara Prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan, 40km from Kyoto.
The city was the capital of Japan from 710 to 784, lending its name to the Nara period. This preceded the Heian period 794-1869 when the nation’s capital was Kyoto.
“Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara”, is designated at UNESCO World Heritage Site. This includes eight temples, shrines and ruins in the town, specifically Tōdai-ji, Saidai-ji, Kōfuku-ji, Kasuga Shrine, Gangō-ji, Yakushi-ji, Tōshōdai-ji and the Heijō Palace remains, together with Kasugayama Primeval Forest.
Todaiji and other temples
Naramachi, a former merchant district