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Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Location Nara Prefecture, Kansai region, Japan
Criteria Cultural: (ii), (iii), (iv), (vi)
Reference 870
Inscription 1998 (22nd Session)
Area 617 ha (1,520 acres)
Buffer zone 1,962.5 ha (4,849 acres)

Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara is the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Nara in Nara Prefecture, Japan.

The site covers eight places in the old capital city of Nara. Five are Buddhist temples, one is a Shinto shrine, one is a Palace and one a primeval forest.


Nara was the capital of Japan from 710 to 784. The city's historic structures show what life was like in the Japanese capital in the 8th century.

All of the shrine and temple compounds have been recognized as "Historic Sites". The Nara Palace has been named as a "Special Historic Site". The Kasugayama forest is a Special "Natural Monument".

The several properties include 26 buildings which have been named by the Japanese Government as "National Treasures". Also, there are 53 buildings which have been named as "Important Cultural Properties".

In 1998, UNESCO listed parts of Nara as a World Heritage Site.


Name Image Location Notes
Tōdai-ji (東大寺 , Tōdai-ji, Eastern Great Temple) Tōdai-ji Kon-dō.jpg Nara cultural site
Kōfuku-ji (興福寺 , Kōfuku-ji) Kofukuji0411.jpg Nara cultural site
Kasuga Shrine (春日大社 , Kasuga-taisha) Kasuga-taisha11bs3200.jpg Nara cultural site
Gangō-ji (元興寺 ) Gango-ji Gokurakubo.jpg Nara cultural site
Yakushi-ji (薬師寺 ) Yakushiji.jpg Nara cultural site
Tōshōdai-ji (唐招提寺 ) Toshodaiji Nara Nara pref01s5s4290.jpg Nara cultural site
Heijō Palace (平城宮 , Heijō-kyū) Miniature Model of Heijo Palace Daigokuden.jpg Nara cultural site
Kasugayama Primeval Forest (春日山原始林 , Kasugayamagenshirin) Kasugayama Primeval Forest 02.jpg Nara natural site

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