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Nara Palace Site
Nara Palace Site

Nara Palace Site

This broad area was once the location of the Imperial Palace of the ancient capital of Heijō, Nara. It served as both the residence of the emperors and empresses of the day and as the center for various political and ceremonial affairs of state.

Although the original palace buildings have been lost, the Suzaku Gate on the south side, the East Palace Garden in the southeast corner, and the Former Imperial Audience Hall (Daigoku-den) standing approximately 800 meters north of the Suzaku Gate have recently been reconstructed. In addition, a variety of objects excavated from the ancient site are exhibited in the adjoining archeological museum.

The Nara Palace Site was designated as a Special Historic Site by the Japanese government and is part of the World Heritage Site “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara.” In spring, the entire area is abloom with cherry blossoms.

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