Nara is full of historically important monuments and is perhaps the best place to witness history unfold. The wonderful monuments and the rich history attached with the destination make Nara one of Top Historical Destinations in the world. Nara is a very historically important place and thus sees a lot of tourists every year. Whenever you are planning to visit a historical monument in Nara or a place of historical significance, it is always good to know a little information about the place, its opening and closing times, the ideal duration of visit and the need of tour guide to visit the historical monuments of Nara. Explore the historical monuments of Nara with a guided tour or opt for in-depth information of its historical account, this Nara guide is your go-to option for free. Move to things to do in Nara page for the complete list of attractions and activities.
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Top Historical Nara landmarks
Traverse through the finest landmarks and famous historical buildings of Nara.
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406-1 Zoshicho, Nara, Nara Prefecture 630-8211, Japan
07:30 am - 05:30 pm
The Todai ji is one of Japan's most famous and historically significant temples. It is a landmark in Nara. The temple was constructed in the year 752 as the chief temple in the Kokubun-ji system (head temple of all provincial Buddhist temples of Japan). Having a rough history, the temple was burnt down and faced earthquakes a...
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48 Noboriojicho, Nara, Nara Prefecture 630-8213, Japan
Kofuku ji is one of the head temples of the Hosso sect of Buddhism. The temple was established in Nara in the year 710. At the height of Fujiwara power, the temple consisted of over 150 buildings! Today a couple of buildings still remain and hold great historic value. These buildings are the five story pagoda and the three story pagoda that one see...
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13-46 Gojo-cho, Nara-shi, Nara
08:30 am - 05:00 pm
Toshodai ji temple was founded in the year 759 by Ganjin, a Chinese priest who was invited to Japan by the emperor. He was invited to Japan in order to train the priests and improve Japanese Buddhism. The name of the temple was derived from the facts that Ganjin was from Toh, China and that it was founded as a place for Buddhist training under his ...
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457 Nishinokyocho, Nara, Nara Prefecture 630-8563, Japan
08:30 am - 05:00 pm
The Yakushi Ji temple was established by Emperor Temmu in the year 680 to pray for the recovery of his Empress Jito from a serious illness. The temple was actually constructed by the recovered empress, who outlived the emperor. The construction of Yakushi ji was completed in the year 698 and it was moved to its present location in 718, af...
The Shin-Yakushi ji Temple was founded by Empress Komyo for the sake of the recovery of ailing Emperor Shomu. The temple is devoted to Yakushi Buddha, the patron of medicine. From the original construction, only the main hall (Hondo) has survived the test of time. The main hall houses statues of 12 guardian deities surrounding a two meter tall stat...
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160 Kasuganocho, Nara, Nara Prefecture 630-8212, Japan
06:00 am - 06:00 pm
Claimed to be one of the best Shinto shrines in Japan, the Kasuga Taisha or the Kasuga Grand Shrine was originally the royal shrine of the powerful Fujiwara family and was founded in the year 768. As per Shinto concepts of purity, the temple was torn down and rebuilt every 20 years in its original form until 1863. The shrine features vermilion colo...