Nara

Nara


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Japan's first permanent capital was established in the year 710 at Heijo, the city that is now known as Nara. As the influence and political ambitions of the city's powerful Buddhist monasteries grew to become a serious threat to the government, the capital was moved to Nagaoka in 784.

Nara is located in the Kinai plain, less than one hour from Kyoto and Osaka. Due to its past as the first permanent capital, it remains full of historic treasures, including some of Japan's oldest Buddhist temples.

There are many hotels and restaurants in Nara. The city is about 50 km east from Osaka and some 370 km southwest from Tokyo.


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