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Nara

traditional wooden pagoda in Nara Hasedera Temple
Nara the capital of Japan from 710 to 794, known as the Nara Period; a tranquil town sitting on the edge of expansive parkland and home to many magnificent temples and shrines, including the world’s largest wooden building.  The Tadai-ji Temple, houses a giant bronze Buddha statue, building this temple almost broke the nation, using most of Japans bronze supply.  A collection of eight temples shrines and ruins specifically, Todai-ji, Saidai-ji, Kofuku-ji, Kasuga Shrine, Gango-ji, Tosohodai-ji and the Heij┼Ź Palace, along with the Primeval Forest collectively form the ‘Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara’, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.