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Heijokyu Ruins, Nara

#12 of 99 in Historic Sites in Nara
World heritage site · Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Landmark
Step back in time at Heijokyu Ruins, an ancient Japanese capital from the Nara period and the first historical attraction in Japan declared a World Heritage Site. In 710, the capital, modeled on the capital of Chinese Tang Dynasty, was established around present-day Nara. Covered by rice fields for centuries, the settlement was rediscovered in the late 1990s. The palace, once the center of the city, houses the imperial residence, the hall for national ceremonies, and bureaucratic offices. The site also features two gates, a history museum, and an exhibit hall with thousands of archaeological items on display. Arrange to visit Heijokyu Ruins and other attractions in Nara using our Nara sightseeing tool.
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  • This is such a historic place! Chinese style architecture. The museum is nearby. There’s also a replica ship nearby that’s worth visiting!  more »
  • The old Imperial temple sits a bit alone on the outskirts of the city. Only the building and the old gate remains of what once was the whole palace, so you basically walk along a story gras path...  more »
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