Nara, Nara

Tōshōdai-ji temple
Saidai-ji main hall
Kasuga Shrine
Nara National Museum
Isuien Garden
Ukimidou Pavilion in Nara Park
Sunazuri-no-Fuji (wisteria flower) in Kasuga-taisha
Burning the dead grass of Mount Wakakusa and Suzakumon of Heijō Palace
Deer roaming in Nara city. 2010
Nara Women's University former main building
Kintetsu Nara Station
JR Nara Station
Kintetsu Limited Express passing through the Heijo Palace ruins. Mt.Wakakusa and Todaiji Temple are in the background.
Gosashi tomb
Tōdai-ji is a Buddhist temple and the world's largest wooden building (8th century)
Yakushi-ji was completed in 680
Kōfuku-ji was built in 669
Houtokuji (Yagyu Clan Tomb)
Himuro Shrine, established in 710
Tōdai-ji Temple Daibutsuden Hall, the world's largest wooden building
Kōfuku-ji in the center of Nara
Deer in Nara Park (2012).
Deer approaching tourists in Nara Park in summer.
Deer in Nara Park

Capital city of Nara Prefecture, Japan.

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Honshu

Largest and most populous main island of Japan.

Japan as seen from a satellite. Honshu is the largest, middle island.

As the historical center of Japanese cultural and political power, the island includes several past Japanese capitals, including Kyōto, Nara and Kamakura.

Kōfuku-ji

Five-story pagoda and Tōkondō at Kōfuku-ji
Nan'endō is the No.9 of Saigoku 33 Pilgrimage
Chū-kondō (Central Golden Hall)
Tō-kondō (East Golden Hall)
Asura (Buddhism)
Golden Buddha in Kōfuku-ji inside Tō-kondō
Yakushi Nyorai (Important Cultural Property) inside Tō-kondō
Hoku'endō, older of the two octagonal halls
Gojū-no-tō five-storied pagoda
Pagoda at night
The Sanjū-no-tō stands behind Nan'endō
Gojū-no-tō five-storied pagoda from below
Virūpākṣa
Rokusō-an tea house

Kōfuku-ji (興福寺) is a Buddhist temple that was once one of the powerful Seven Great Temples in the city of Nara, Japan.

Kyoto Prefecture

Prefecture of Japan located in the Kansai region of Honshu.

Kuni-kyō
Nagaoka-kyō, a Capital of Japan in Otokuni Palace
Map of Kyoto Prefecture
Kyoto Station
Tōkaidō Shinkansen arriving at Kyoto Station
Railway map around southern Kyoto Prefecture.
Expressway map around southern Kyoto Prefecture. Roads and junctions under planning are shown by dotted lines.
Sanga Stadium by Kyocera.
Kyoto City
Uji City
Kameoka City
Nagaokakyō City
Maizuru City
Fukuchiyama City
Miyazu City and Aso Bay
Kinkaku-ji
Ginkaku-ji
Togetsu Bridge in Arashiyama
Heian Shrine
Japanese tea plantation
Rokkaku-dō, where a school of the Japanese flower arrangement originated from.

A noteworthy earlier capital was Nara.

Kasuga-taisha

The middle gate and hall
Chakutoden
Kurumayadori
Minamimon
Sakadono
Heiden, Buden
Keishoden
A smaller enclave
Lanterns
Corridors in the shrine complex
Lanterns
Bronze lanterns
Bronze lanterns in Kasuga-taisha
Stone lantern leading up to shrine framing a Nara Park deer
Tying omikuji at Kasuga Shrine
Path leading up to the shrine, braced by rows of stone lanterns
Kasuga stone lantern presented in 1997 to Nara sister city, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
A "breast shrine" at the Kasuga Shrine walk decked with Ema plaques
Ichi-no-Torii
Armour laced with red threads With bamboo, tiger, sparrow motif; nomination includes the helmet; said to have been dedicated by Minamoto no Yoshitsune; one of two similar armours at Kasuga-taisha 1185 Kamakura period Ō-yoroi
Hanging lanterns and Andons in the Setsubun Mantoro Festival
Hanging lanterns and Andons in the Setsubun Mantoro Festival. Andons, there are special prayers to the reconstruction and welfare for the victims of the Great East Japan earthquake and the 2011 flood disaster.
Hanging lantern designed a dropping wisteria in the Setsubun Mantoro Festival
"Sunazuri-no-Fuji", wisteria flowers dropping down to reach the sand on the ground
Shrine maidens in Kasuga-taisha
Ema (wishes) in asuga-taisha shrine

Kasuga Grand Shrine (春日大社) is a Shinto shrine in Nara, Nara Prefecture, Japan.

Man'yōshū

Oldest extant collection of Japanese (poetry in Classical Japanese), compiled sometime after AD 759 during the Nara period.

A replica of a poem No. 8, by Nukata no Ōkimi
A page from the Man'yōshū

The collection contains 265 (long poems), 4,207 (short poems), one (short connecting poem), one bussokusekika (a poem in the form 5-7-5-7-7-7; named for the poems inscribed on the Buddha's footprints at Yakushi-ji in Nara), four (Chinese poems), and 22 Chinese prose passages.

Kansai region

The Kansai region (関西地方) or the Kinki region (近畿地方), lies in the southern-central region of Japan's main island Honshū.

Geofeatures map of Kansai
Kansai region, satellite photo
The Akashi Kaikyō Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the world, with a centre span of 1,991 m
Map of 8th-century Japan
Himeji Castle
World Heritage Sites in Kansai region
Daisen Kofun, the largest burial mound in the world<ref>Consulate-General of Japan in San Francisco {{Webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20160303213623/http://www.sf.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jp/m08_01_09.htm |date=2016-03-03 }} - "History", retrieved March 15, 2007</ref>
Hōryū-ji Golden Hall, the oldest wooden structure in the world
Daibutsu at Tōdai-ji, the largest bronze statue in the world
Tōdai-ji Main Hall, the largest wooden structure in the world
Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan and one of the oldest lakes in the world
Izumo no Okuni, who founded Kabuki in Kyoto
Kongō Gumi, once the world's oldest continuously operating company, constructed several Japan's cultural assets.
Amanohashidate, one of Three Views of Japan
Sen no Rikyū, a merchant from Sakai, perfected the courtesy of the tea ceremony.
Japan's tallest temple pagoda in Tō-ji, Kyoto
Nintendo became the world's most successful video game company.
Osaka Castle
Kyoto from Kiyomizudera

Whereas the Kantō region is symbolic of standardization throughout Japan, the Kansai region displays many more idiosyncrasies – the culture in Kyoto, the mercantilism of Osaka, the history of Nara, or the cosmopolitanism of Kobe – and represents the focus of counterculture in Japan.

Nara Prefecture

Prefecture of Japan located in the Kansai region of Honshu.

Kōfuku-ji
The red autumn leaves in Yoshino
The restored turret of Kōriyama Castle
Topographic map of Nara Prefecture
Administrative map of Nara Prefecture
Tanzan Shrine in autumn
Hōryū-ji at cherry blossom, Ikaruga Town
A huge Nara calligraphy brush
Statue at Tōdai-ji
Konoike Athletic Stadium.
World Heritage Sites in Nara

Nara is the capital and largest city of Nara Prefecture, with other major cities including Kashihara, Ikoma, and Yamatokōriyama.

Nara period

The Nara period (奈良時代) of the history of Japan covers the years from CE 710 to 794.

Shōsōin
The East Pagoda of Yakushi-ji temple was built in 730, during the Nara period
Seated Bhaisajyaguru

Empress Genmei established the capital of Heijō-kyō (present-day Nara).

Kyoto

Capital city of Kyoto Prefecture in Japan.

Kyoto seen from Mount Atago in the northwest corner of the city
Light blue represents the Kyoto metropolitan area defined by Kyōto Toshiken Jichitai Network and blue represents Kyoto MEA.
Kyoto International Conference Center
Kyoto City Hall
Kyoto Economic Center
Nintendo main headquarters
Kyoto University
Kansai Airport express Haruka at Kyōto Station
Inside Kyōto Station
Railway map around Kyoto City
Shinkansen at Kyoto Station
An express service bound for Kokusaikaikan Station of the Karasuma Line is running on Kintetsu Kyoto Line
Platform screen doors at Higashiyama Station of the Tōzai Line
A typical Kyoto Municipal Bus
Shijō Street
Kyoto and Karasuma Street seen from Kyoto Tower
Expressway map around Kyoto City. Roads and junctions under planning are shown by dotted lines.
Tourists on street near Kiyomizu-dera
Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum
Kyoto Botanical Garden
A tsukemono shop on Nishiki Street
A monk by the Katsura River in Arashiyama
Ponto-chō Street
Geishas in Kyoto
Sanga Stadium by Kyocera, home of Kyoto Sanga FC.
18th-century map with the Japanese capital "Meaco"
Kyōto Station (2018)
Teramachi (2018)
Kawaramachi (2017)
Kyoto Skylines from Kiyomizu-dera(2015)
Kyoto International Manga Museum (2008)
Rakutō (Yamashina)
Rakutō (Lake Biwa Canal)
Rakusai (Katsura)
Rakusai (Arashiyama)
Rakunan (Momoyama)
Rakunan (Fushimi)
Rakuhoku (Kitaōji)
Rakuhoku (Kamigamo)
Shimogamo Shrine
Kamigamo Shrine(Kamo Shrine)
Emperor Kanmu
Daidairi (palace in the center) and the cityscape of Heian-kyō
Ōnin War
Nijō Castle
Toyotomi Hideyoshi
Jurakudai
Sanjō Ōhashi (The Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō)
Perspective Pictures of Places in Japan: Sanjūsangen-dō in Kyoto
Fushimi Castle
Kinmon incident
Battle of Toba–Fushimi (Boshin War)
View of Kyoto from beside the Hondō of Kiyomizudera. – 1879<ref>{{Cite web |url=https://coololdphotos.com/beautiful-kiyomizu-dera-temple-in-kyoto-japan-c-1879/ |title=Beautiful Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto, Japan c. 1879 |last=Tom |date=2015-08-25 |website=Cool Old Photos |language=en-US |access-date=2019-03-03 |archive-date=2019-03-06 |archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20190306043552/https://coololdphotos.com/beautiful-kiyomizu-dera-temple-in-kyoto-japan-c-1879/ |url-status=live }}</ref>
Nanzenji aqueduct
Kamigamo Shrine
Tō-ji
Kiyomizu-dera
Saihō-ji
Tenryū-ji
Kinkaku-ji
Ryōan-ji
Nishi Hongan-ji
Nijō Castle
Daigo-ji
Ginkaku-ji
Ninna-ji
Kōzan-ji
Gion Matsuri
Aoi Matsuri
Jidai Matsuri
Gozan no Okuribi
Kyocera Sanga Stadium (Kameoka)
Takebishi Stadium Kyoto (Kyoto Nishikyogoku Athletic Park)
Wakasa Stadium Kyoto (Kyoto Nishikyogoku Athletic Park)
Hannaryz Arena (Kyoto Municipal Gymnasium)
Kyoto Racecourse

During the 8th century, when powerful Buddhist clergy became involved in the affairs of the imperial government, Emperor Kanmu chose to relocate the capital in order to distance it from the clerical establishment in Nara.

Yakushi-ji

The Golden Hall (kondō) at Yakushi-ji
A model of the Yakushi-ji in the Nara period, a part of the Heijō-kyō 1/1000 model held by Nara City Hall. View from the west.
The two three-story pagodas, Tōtō and Saitō
Genjō-sanzōin (Xuanzang Hall)
Daikodō (Lecture Hall)
Saitō (West Pagoda)
Nighttime view
Courtyard
Cloister
Yakushi Sanzon (Medicine Buddha Trinity)
Yakushi Nyorai (Medicine Buddha)
Sho-Kannon Bosatsu (Avalokitesvara)
Genjou-sanzou-in

Yakushi-ji (薬師寺) is one of the most famous imperial and ancient Buddhist temples in Japan, that was once one of the Seven Great Temples of Nanto, located in Nara.