Nara (city)

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Todai-ji (東大寺 Toodai-ji), a Buddhist temple and grounds in Nara, founded 743 AD.

Nara (奈良市 Nara-shi) is a city of Japan located in the Kansai region of Honshu island, capital of Nara prefecture. The city was the capital of Japan from 710 to 784 - the Nara period - and today is an important Buddhist centre due to the presence of the Todai temple grounds (東大寺 Toodai-ji).