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Nara City

奈良市
Country Japan
Time zone UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
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"Nara" in kanji
Japanese name
Kanji 奈良
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Nara (奈良市 , Nara-shi) is a city in Japan on the island of Honshu. It is the capital city of Nara Prefecture.

It has been recognized as a core city since 2002.

History

Many of the temples, shrines and ruins in Nara form "Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara". It is one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It includes

  • Tōdai-ji
  • Kōfuku-ji
  • Kasuga taisha
  • Gangō-ji
  • Yakushi-ji
  • Tōshōdai-ji
  • Heijō Palace

The Kasugayama old-groth forest is also identified as a world heritage site.

Geography

The city is in the northern part of Nara Prefecture. It is on the border with Kyoto Prefecture.

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