Nara Prefecture is situated in the west central section of Honshu. The formation of an ancient nation started around mid-3rd century, with the Yamato district as its center, and was completed by the late 6th century. The capital was placed in Asuka, in the southern part of the Nara Basin, located in the northwestern part of present-day Nara Prefecture, and it prospered as the political and economic center of Japan until the early 8th century. After the capital was relocated to Heijo-kyo (now Nara City) in 710, many temples and shrines were built there under the direction of the imperial family and aristocrats, and temple towns soon developed. Such temples and shrines include Todai-ji Temple, which has the Daibutsu, the world's largest Buddha statue, made of copper and gold. It is enshrined in the world's largest wooden structure, Daibutsu-den (Great Buddha Hall). Other famous temples include Yakushi-ji Temple, which has wonderful old wooden architecture and statues of Buddha, and Toshodai-ji Temple which was founded by the Chinese priest Ganjin, who came to Japan after difficult journeys and spread the principles of Buddhism.

奈良縣位於日本的中西部。4 世紀中葉,日本統一爲一個國家時,將首都建在縣西北部的奈良盆地南部的飛鳥地區,從那以後直至 8 世紀末期,飛鳥作爲日本政治、經濟的中心得到了繁榮和發展。其後,都城遷至現在的奈良市──平城京。祭奉著日本最大的佛像、又是世界最大的木結構建築──東大寺、以及保存著傑出的古代建築和佛像的藥師寺、唐招提寺等神社寺院陸續建成並受到了皇室和貴族的保護,寺院前的商業區“門前町”也迅速繁榮發展起來。

How to get there?

乘坐近鐵線從京都車站到近鐵奈良車站約 39 分鐘。乘坐近鐵難波、奈良線從近鐵難波車站到近鐵奈良車站約 39 分鐘。

35 min from Kintetsu Kyoto to Kintetsu Nara by Kintetsu Kyoto Line (limited express).