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Nara - Site of the Ancient Heijo Palace (Nara Prefecture)

In 710, a vast capital city spanning 5.9 km east-west and 4.8km north-south was modeled after the capital of China in Changan. Its grandeur can be sensed from replicas of the Suzaku-mon Gate and Toin-teien Garden that have been rebuilt on the site.


How to get there - By trainHow to get there - By car
From Osaka
Take the JR Loop Line from Osaka Station to Tsuruhashi Station … Approx. 15 min. Change to the Kintetsu Nara Line (Limited Express Service) and get off at Shinomiya Station … Approx. 30 min.
Approx. 10 min from the Horai IC of the Daini Hanna Toll Road


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1.Kintetsu Shinomiya Station
2.Hokke-ji Temple
Once the residence of Fujiwara no Fuhito, it was converted into Sokokubunni-ji Temple by the Empress Komyo.
3.Kairyuo-ji Temple
This temple was built by the Empress Komyo to protect the northeast corner (Ki-mon Gate) of the Heijo-kyo Palace.
4.Heijo-kyo Palace Site
Modeled after the ancient Chinese capital of Changan, the Heijo-kyo Palace was built in 710.
5.Saidai-ji Temple
Saidai-ji Temple is one of the seven large temples ordered by the Emperor Shotoku.
6.Kintetsu Saidaiji Station