Nara

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Toshodaiji Temple
【World Heritage】 
 
     
 
The great temple that represents the Nara Period
This temple was founded in 759 by Priest Jianzhen from the Tang Dynasty. He was invited by Emperor Shomu and came to Japan overcoming many hardships. Kondo, or the main hall is the largest example of Tenpyo-style architecture existing, and there are Kutsugata (ancient roof ornaments) called "Tenpyo-no-iraka" on its roof. The precinct of the temple, including the Treasure House and other buildings, are vividly reminiscent of the temple in the Tenpyo Period. The 10-year restoration project finished in 2010.
       
●Open/8:30-17:00 (Last entry at 16:30)
●Closed/Open all-year round  ●Fare/Adults: 600, Junior High and High Schools: 400  ●Tel/0742-33-7900
◆Access/10 min. walk from Kintetsu Line Nishi-no Kyo Station.
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Yakushiji Temple
【World Heritage】 
 
     
 
Conveying the spectacular Hakuho culture
Its unique layout of buildings called "Yakushiji-shiki Garan haichi"; Kondo (main hall) and Kodo (lecture hall) are placed in the center, between two three-story pagodas (East Pagoda and West Pagoda). The contrast between the original East Pagoda and the red and green West Pagoda, which was reconstructed in Showa Period, is breathtakingly beautiful. Three statues, including the principal image Yakushi-Nyorai, are among the most prominent works of Japanese Buddhist fine art.
       
●Open/8:30-17:00 (Last entry at 16:30)
●Closed/Open all-year round  ●Fare/Adults ¥500 (¥800 during the special exhibition of Gensho Sanzoin Garan)  ●Tel/0742-33-6001
◆Access/A short walk from Kintetsu Nishi-no-kyo Stn.
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Heijyo Palace Site
【World Heritage】
 
     
 
The site of an enormous capital 1,300 years ago
This site was the center of Heijokyo Capital during the Nara Period (710-784), which lasted for 74 years, and seven emperors (eight reigns) resided here. There are two exhibition facilities. One is Heijo Palace Site Museum, which exhibits the models of the buildings and plenty of artifacts such as wooden strips, coins, roof tiles and earthenware can also be seen here. The other one is the Excavation Site Exhibition Hall that preserves and exhibits the excavation site. The reconstructed Daigokuden, Suzakumon Gate, and Toin Teien also show their elegant structure. (Heijo Palace Site Museum, Excavation Site Exhibition Hall, and Toin Teien are closed on Monday.)
       
●Tel/0742-30-6753(National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Nara)
◆Access/15-20 min. walk from Kintetsu Yamato-saidaiji Stn.
       
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Kofukuji Temple
【World Heritage】 
 
     
 
The temple with a symbolic five-story pagoda
The large precincts are dotted with buildings such as the famous five-story pagoda, three-story pagoda, Tokondo and Kokuhokan. A lot of prominent works of Buddhist sculptures in Tenpyo and Kamakura period are housed here. The nearby Nara Park is a lusciously green park where people and 1,200 deer coexist, which is rare in the world.
       
●Open/9:00-17:00 (Last entry at 16:30)
●Closed/Open all-year round  ●Fare/Kokuhokan: Adults ¥500, Tokondo: Adults ¥300  ●Tel/0742-22-7755
◆Access/5 min. walk from Kintetsu-nara Stn.
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Gangoji Temple
【World Heritage】 
 
     
 
Retaining the tiles from 1,400 years ago
This temple was originally constructed by Soga Umako at the end of the 6th century and was called Asukadera Temple (or Hokoji Temple). Gokurakudo (main hall) and Zenshitsu (meditation hall) are designated national treasures and they have a style of roofing known as "Gyoki buki". Zenshitsu is valuable architecture retaining its style as Sobo (monk's domitory) from the Tenpyo Period. In the storehouse, a wooden five-story small pagoda (national treasure), a wooden Amida-Nyorai statue (important cultural property), Chiko Mandara (important cultural property) and other property made in Nara Period are stored.
       
●Open/9:00-17:00 (Last entry at 16:30)
●Closed/Open all-year round  ●Fare/Adults ¥400  ●Tel/0742-23-1377
◆Access/10 min. walk from Kintetsu-nara Stn. or a 20 min. walk from JR Nara Stn.
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Nara National Museum
 
 
     
 
Housing a collection of masterpieces of Buddhist art
The museum was built in 1895 following the opening of the Tokyo National Museum. The Main Hall (important cultural property), made of brick, is famous as an example of Western-style architecture in the Mid-Meiji Period. The collection of Buddhist art here is considered the best in both quality and quantity in Japan.
       
●Open/9:30-17:00 (Last entry at 16:30) 
*close at 19:00 on Fridays according to the season
●Closed/Monday (the following day when Monday falls on national holidays) 
●Admission Fees / General Admission ¥520, College Students ¥260, High school and below:Free  
●Tel/0742-22-7771
◆Access/15 min. walk from Kintetsu-Nara Stn. or a short walk from Himurojinja Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan bus stop by city circulation bus from JR/Kintetsu Nara Stn.
       
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