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Nara Prefecture

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Nara Prefecture
Flag of Nara Prefecture
Official seal of Nara Prefecture
Nara Prefecture in Japan
Nara Prefecture in Japan
Country Japan
 • GovernorShōgo Arai
 • Total3,691 km2 (1,425 sq mi)
 (October 1, 2020)
 • Total1,324,473
 • Density358.8/km2 (929/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+09:00 (JST)
Postal code
Area code29000-9
ISO 3166 codeJP-29
WebsiteOfficial website

Nara Prefecture (奈良県, Nara-ken) is a prefecture of Japan in the Kansai region on the island of Honshu.[1] The capital city is Nara.[2]

The area of Yamato Province was reorganized as Nara Prefecture during the Meiji period.[3]


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Nara is bordered to the west by Wakayama Prefecture and Osaka Prefecture. Its border on the north meets Kyoto Prefecture. Mie Prefecture is on the east.

Towns and villages

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Towns and villages in each district:

Hōryū-ji at cherry blossom, Ikaruga Town

National Parks

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National Parks are established in about 17% of the total land area of the prefecture.[4]

Shrines and Temples

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Ōmiwa jinja is the chief Shinto shrine (ichinomiya) in the prefecture. [5]

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  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Nara-ken" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 699; "Kansai" at p. 477.
  2. Nussbaum, "Nara" at p. 698.
  3. Nussbaum, "Yamato" at p. 1046; "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780.
  4. Japan Ministry of the Environment, "General overview of area figures for Natural Parks by prefecture"; retrieved 2012-8-30.
  5. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 1 Archived 2013-05-17 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-3-13.

Other websites

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Media related to Nara prefecture at Wikimedia Commons