Nara, Nara

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Nara
奈良市
Core city
Nara City
From top left: Wakakusayama Mountain Burning, Great Buddha of Tōdai-ji, Yakushi-ji, Tōdai-ji, Kasuga Shrine and a deer in Nara Park
From top left: Wakakusayama Mountain Burning, Great Buddha of Tōdai-ji, Yakushi-ji, Tōdai-ji, Kasuga Shrine and a deer in Nara Park
Flag of Nara
Flag
Official seal of Nara
Symbol
Location of Nara in Nara Prefecture
Location of Nara in Nara Prefecture
Nara is located in Japan
Nara
Nara
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 34°41′N 135°48′E / 34.683°N 135.800°E / 34.683; 135.800Coordinates: 34°41′N 135°48′E / 34.683°N 135.800°E / 34.683; 135.800
Country Japan
Region Kansai
Prefecture Nara Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Gen Nakagawa
Area
 • Total 276.84 km2 (106.89 sq mi)
Population (April 1, 2017)
 • Total 359,666
 • Density 1,300/km2 (3,400/sq mi)
Symbols
 • Tree Quercus gilva
 • Flower Nara yaezakura
 • Bird Japanese bush warbler
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City hall address 1-1-1 Nijō-ōji, Nara-shi, Nara-ken
630-8580
Website www.city.nara.lg.jp

Nara (奈良市, Nara-shi) is a city in Japan on the island of Honshu. It is the capital city of Nara Prefecture.[1]

It has been recognized as a core city since 2002.[2]

History[change | change source]

Many of the temples, shrines and ruins in Nara form "Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara", which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.[3] The site includes

The Kasugayama Primeval Forest is also identified as a world heritage site.[3]

Geography[change | change source]

The city is in the northern part of Nara Prefecture. It is on the border with Kyoto Prefecture.

References[change | change source]

  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Nara" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 698; "Kansai" at p. 477.
  2. Jacobs, A.J. "Japan's Evolving Nested Municipal Hierarchy: The Race for Local Power in the 2000s," Urban Studies Research, Vol. 2011 (2011), p. 8 [PDF 8 of 14]; Buhnik, Sophie. "From Shrinking Cities to Toshi no Shukushō: Identifying Patterns of Urban Shrinkage in the Osaka Metropolitan Area," Berkeley Planning Journal, Vol. 23, No. 1 (2001), p. 135 [PDF 4 of 24]; retrieved 2012-12-5.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), The Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara; retrieved 2012-8-29.

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