Nara prefecture

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

Nara prefecture (奈良県 Nara-ken) is an area of Japan located in the Kansai region of Honshu island. Its population was 1,416,000 in 2006.[1]

Nara prefecture shares its name with its own capital city, Nara (奈良市 Nara-shi), which was the capital of Japan from 710 to 784. That time is referred to as the Nara period.


  1. Japan Statistical Yearbook: 'Population by Prefecture 1920-2006'. Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. .xls document.