53 Sights in Nara, Japan (with Map and Images)

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1. Tōdai-ji

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Tōdai-ji is a Buddhist temple complex that was once one of the powerful Seven Great Temples, located in the city of Nara, Japan. Though it was originally founded in the year 738 CE, Tōdai-ji was not opened until the year 752 CE. The temple has undergone several reconstructions since then, with the most significant reconstruction taking place in 1709. Its Great Buddha Hall houses the world's largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana, known in Japanese as Daibutsu (大仏). The temple also serves as the Japanese headquarters of the Kegon school of Buddhism. The temple is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site as one of the "Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara", together with seven other sites including temples, shrines and places in the city of Nara.

Wikipedia: Tōdai-ji (EN)

2. Great Buddha Hall

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The Great Buddha Hall of Todaiji Temple (東大Buddha殿) is a Buddhist temple located at Todaiji Temple in Nara City, Nara Prefecture, Japan. The main statue of Todaiji Temple, the sitting statue of Roshana Buddha (Great Buddha of Nara) is enshrined.

Wikipedia: 東大寺大仏殿 (JA)

3. 庚申堂

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Koshindo is located in the center of Naramachi in Nara City and is called Koshin-san. It is the base of Koshin worship in Nara, a shrine dedicated to the blue-faced Kongo statue, and also serves as a meeting place in Nishishinyacho. There used to be a hall building around the end of the Tokugawa shogunate or the Meiji period, but it became dilapidated and was rebuilt in the Heisei era. It has two frontages, two and a half depths, gabled flat construction, and a main tile roof, and is built at a site coverage ratio of 100%. The front is a fully lattice door, with a Suyadan, an 8-tatami room, a blue-faced Kongo statue in the center, and a statue of Auspicious Heavenly Woman and Jizo Bodhisattva on the left and right. In addition, an amulet in the shape of a monkey of the blue-faced Kongo messenger is hung at the eaves of houses in the town as an amulet. The big ones are considered to be adults and the smaller ones are children, and they are hung according to the family structure. In addition, the monkeys of the family who moved out of the town are kept in Koshindo to maintain a spiritual bond between the movers and the town. It is called a "vicarious monkey" because it receives the calamity of the residents of the town instead, and it is also said that if you write a wish on the back of the obi and hang it, your wish will come true, and it is also called "wish monkey", and the four corners of the small red cushion are folded and tied, and a round head is attached between one. Except for the obi, it is similar to the shape of the kukuri monkey of Yamato Koizumi Koshindo and Yasaka Koshindo.

Wikipedia: 庚申堂 (奈良市) (JA)

4. 五社神古墳

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Empress Jingū was a legendary Japanese empress who ruled as a regent following her husband's death in 200 AD. Both the Kojiki and the Nihon Shoki record events that took place during Jingū's alleged lifetime. Legends say that after seeking revenge on the people who murdered her husband, she then turned her attention to a "promised land". Jingū is thus considered to be a controversial monarch by historians in terms of her alleged invasion of the Korean Peninsula. This was in turn possibly used as justification for imperial expansion during the Meiji period. The records state that Jingū gave birth to a baby boy whom she named Homutawake three years after he was conceived by her late husband.

Wikipedia: Gosashi tomb (EN)

5. 福寺の跡

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Fukuji is a temple located in Nanjing, Naraichi, Nara Prefecture. Fukuji Pool existed in the former site until it was landfilled in 1970 (45 years of Showa). It first appeared in the literature after Muromachi period, but in the data of Edo period, it is regarded as the same as the dream temple Fusi (calf, chicken coop), which was founded in Nara period and its whereabouts are unknown. In addition, tiles dating back to Nara period have been found in Fukuchi site in recent years, and this possibility has also increased. In this item, "Fu Temple", which is regarded as the same kind, will also be discussed.

Wikipedia: 福寺 (JA)

6. Irie Taikichi Memorial Museum of Photography Nara City

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Irie Taikichi Memorial Museum of Photography Nara City opened in Nara, Japan, in 1992. Located near Shin-Yakushi-ji and designed by Kishō Kurokawa, the Museum was formerly known as the Nara City Museum of Photography (奈良市写真美術館). The collection includes the complete oeuvre of Irie Taikichi, some 80,000 works; a set of 1,025 Meiji and Taishō glass plates by Kudō Risaburō (工藤利三郎) that are a Registered Tangible Cultural Property; and photographs by Tsuda Yōho (津田洋甫).

Wikipedia: Irie Taikichi Memorial Museum of Photography Nara City (EN)

7. Mount Kasuga

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Mount Kasuga (Kasugayama) is the popular name of the 497-meter-high Hanayama (Hanayama) located on the east side of Kasuga Taisha Shrine in Nara City, Nara Prefecture, or the 283-meter-high Mikasayama (Mikasayama) next to the west. In some cases, Mikayama is distinguished from "(Kasuga) Maeyama" and Hanayama is distinguished from "(Kasuga) Okuyama". It is also used as a general term for mountain ranges such as both mountains and Yoshiyama (518m).

Wikipedia: 春日山 (奈良県) (JA)

8. 瓢箪山古墳

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Sakji Hulushan Ancient Tomb is the front and back round grave in the first half of the middle period of the ancient grave located at the entrance of Sakiwei, Naraichi, Nara Prefecture. It is one of the ancient tombs in Zuoji Dunlie, which is referred to as Hulushan Ancient Tomb for short. This name is used here to distinguish it from Hulushan Ancient Tomb all over the country. This ancient grave has been designated as a national historical site.

Wikipedia: 佐紀瓢箪山古墳 (JA)

9. Shin Yakushi-ji Temple

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Shin-Yakushi-ji (新薬師寺) is a Buddhist temple of the Kegon sect in Nara, Japan. It was founded in 747 by Empress Kōmyō. Initially a large complete Shichidō garan temple, it suffered from fire damage and deteriorated during the Heian period. The temple was revived during the Kamakura period. Only one building, the present main hall or Hon-dō (本堂), has survived from the 8th century. All other structures date to the Kamakura period.

Wikipedia: Shin-Yakushi-ji (EN)

10. 春日神社

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Kasuga Shrine (Kasuga Jinja) is a Shinto shrine located in Hokkeji-cho, Nara City, Nara Prefecture, Japan. Originally, it was enshrined as the guardian shrine of Kairyuoji Temple, but during the Kanen, the two seats on the left and right were enshrined together and came to be revered as a clan god. Unatari Shrine is called Nishinomiya, and our company is called East Palace, and is deeply worshipped as the clan god of Hokkeji Town.

Wikipedia: 春日神社 (奈良市法華寺町) (JA)

11. Yakushiji Temple

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Yakushi-ji (薬師寺) is one of the most famous imperial and ancient Buddhist temples in Japan, and was once one of the Seven Great Temples of Nanto, located in Nara. The temple is the headquarters of the Hossō school of Japanese Buddhism. Yakushi-ji is one of the sites that are collectively inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the name of "Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara."

Wikipedia: Yakushi-ji (EN)

12. Irie Taikichi's old residence

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Taikichi Irie is a historic site and cultural facility located in Suimon-cho, Nara City, Nara Prefecture, Japan. Former residence of photographer Taikichi Irie. Like a photographer, a separate darkroom, a study conceived by the work, and a garden where all plants are grown are open to the public. The letters "Taikichi Irie" on the nameplate are due to the volatilization of the boss Kaiun.

Wikipedia: 入江泰吉旧居 (JA)

13. Nara Episcopal Church

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Nara Christian Church is an Japan Anglican church located in Nara, Nara Prefecture, Japan. In Showa 5, Western-style buildings that did not match the scenery of the Nara Park area were not recognized, so it was built as a pure Japanese-style church. It was designed and constructed by Kichitaro Oki, a member of the church and a palace carpenter. Inside the church, there is a transom.

Wikipedia: 奈良基督教会 (JA)

14. Sangatsu Hall

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Todaiji Hokkedo is a Buddhist hall built in the Nara period (8th century) at Todaiji Temple in Nara City, Nara Prefecture, Japan. It is commonly known as Sangatsudo. It is designated as a national treasure of Japan. It is one of the few Nara period buildings that still exist in Todaiji Temple, and the 10 Buddha statues enshrined in the hall are also made from the Nara period.

Wikipedia: 東大寺法華堂 (JA)

15. Heijō Palace

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Heijō Palace was the imperial residence in the Japanese capital city Heijō-kyō, during most of the Nara period. The palace, which served as the imperial residence and the administrative centre of for most of the Nara period from 710 to 794 AD, was located at the north-central location of the city in accordance with the Chinese models used for the design of the capital.

Wikipedia: Heijō Palace (EN)

16. Suzakumon Gate

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The Suzakumon was the main gate built in the center of the south end of the imperial palaces in the Japanese ancient capitals of Fujiwara-kyō (Kashihara), Heijō-kyō (Nara), and later Heian-kyō (Kyoto). The placement followed the ancient Chinese palace model requirements at the time, where Suzaku , the Vermilion Bird was the Guardian of the South.

Wikipedia: Suzakumon (EN)

17. Kairyuo-ji Temple

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Kairyūō-ji (海龍王寺) is a Shingon sect temple located in Hokkeji Kitamachi, Nara City, Nara Prefecture, Japan. There is no mountain number. The main statue is the eleven-sided Kannon. It is also called Sumidera Temple because it was built in the northeast corner of Empress Komei's Empress Palace (the site of Fujiwara Fuhi's residence).

Wikipedia: 海龍王寺 (JA)

18. 崇道天皇陵

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Yashima Mausoleum (八島陵, Yashima no Misagi) is the mausoleum of Prince Sawara located in Yashima Town, Nara City, Nara Prefecture, Japan. It is also written as Yashima Mausoleum, and since the prince was honored as Emperor Sumichi, it is also called the Mausoleum of Emperor Sumichi. It was ruled during the Bunkyu period.

Wikipedia: 八島陵 (JA)

19. Nigatsu Hall

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Nigatsu-dō is one of the important structures of Tōdai-ji, a temple in Nara, Japan. Nigatsu-dō is located to the east of the Great Buddha Hall, on the hillside of Mount Wakakusa. It includes several other buildings in addition to the specific hall named Nigatsu-dō, thus comprising its own sub-complex within Tōdai-ji.

Wikipedia: Nigatsu-dō (EN)

20. 野神古墳

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Nogami Kofun (野神古墳, Nogami Kofun) is a burial mound located in Nanjing-cho, Nara City, Nara Prefecture, Japan. The shape is presumed to be a front and rear circular burial mound. One of the burial mounds that make up the Daianji burial mounds. It is designated as a Nara City Designated Historic Site.

Wikipedia: 野神古墳 (JA)

21. Himegamisha Shrine

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The Himegamisha Shrine is a Shinto shrine in the city of Nara, in Nara Prefecture, Japan. It is built in 1981 by the people of this neighborhood on the tomb called Hime-zuka that is estimated to be a burial place of Princess Tōchi, an Empress-consort of Emperor Kōbun. It is a sessha of the Kagami Shrine.

Wikipedia: Himegamisha Shrine, Nara (EN)

22. 奈良学園セミナーハウス志賀直哉旧居

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Shiga Naoya's former residence is a literary museum located in Takahata Town, Naraichi, Nara Prefecture. Former residence of Shiga Naoya, a birch novelist. Also known as Takahata Salon. Open to the general public, it is also used as a seminar house for Nara Cultural Women's Short-term University.

Wikipedia: 志賀直哉旧居 (奈良市高畑) (JA)

23. 手向山八幡宮

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Tamukeyama Hachiman Shrine is a Shinto shrine near Tōdai-ji, Nara, Nara Prefecture, Japan. It is a Hachiman shrine, dedicated to the kami Hachiman. It was established in 749. Kami enshrined here include Emperor Ojin, Emperor Nintoku, Empress Jingū and Emperor Chūai in addition to Hachiman.

Wikipedia: Tamukeyama Hachiman Shrine (EN)

24. 閼伽井庵

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Akai-an (閼伽井庵) is a temple of the Pure Land sect located in Takabatake-cho, Nara. It is also called Akanbo. The area around the temple was once called Ikai Town, and was annexed to Takahata Village in 1883 (Meiji 16), but it still remains the common name of the town in Takahata Town.

Wikipedia: 閼伽井庵 (JA)

25. Toshodaiji temple

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Tōshōdai-ji (唐招提寺) is a Buddhist temple of the Risshū sect in the city of Nara, in Nara Prefecture, Japan. The Classic Golden Hall, also known as the kondō, has a single story, hipped tiled roof with a seven bay wide facade. It is considered the archetype of "classical style".

Wikipedia: Tōshōdai-ji (EN)

26. Isuien Garden

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Isuien Garden Kimon Berlin (Gribeco) / CC BY-SA 4.0

Isui-en is a Japanese garden located in Nara, the old capital of Japan near Kyōto. It has been preserved since its creation in the Meiji era, and is the only walking garden in Nara. It is divided into two sections, which were originally two separate gardens, and each features a pagoda.

Wikipedia: Isui-en (EN)

27. Kasuga-taisha

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Kasuga-taisha is a Shinto shrine in Nara, Nara Prefecture, Japan. It is the shrine of the Fujiwara family, established in 768 CE and rebuilt several times over the centuries. The interior is famous for its many bronze lanterns, as well as the many stone lanterns that lead up the shrine.

Wikipedia: Kasuga-taisha (EN)

28. Uwanabe Kofun

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Uwanabe Kofun is a front-rear burial mound located in Hokkeji-cho, Nara City, Nara Prefecture, Japan. It is one of the burial mounds that make up the Saki Shield Row Kofun Group (Uwanabe Kofun Group), and is the easternmost of the burial mounds and the largest huge burial mound.

Wikipedia: ウワナベ古墳 (JA)

29. 手力雄神社

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Terikio Shrine (手力雄神社, Tajikara Ojinja) is a Shinto shrine located in Hashimoto-cho, Nara, Nara Prefecture, Japan. Kasuga Grand Shrine. It is located on the east end of Tsukiji on the north side of Sanjo-dori, and the rear is the Kofukuji Hall across the Tsukiji wall.

Wikipedia: 手力雄神社 (奈良市) (JA)

30. 水鏡天神社

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Shuijingtian Shrine is a shrine located in Wutiao Town, Naraichi, Nara Prefecture. The old community is a village community. Also known as Shuijing Shrine, it is the god of Nakagaki, Chuyuan and Xiyuan nearby. It used to be the guarding society of Zhaoti Temple in Tang Dynasty.

Wikipedia: 水鏡天神社 (JA)

31. Renchō-ji Temple

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Renchoji Temple (蓮長寺) is a Nichiren Buddhist temple located in Aburasaka-cho, Nara, Nara Prefecture, Japan. Nichiren Sect Historic Site. The mountain number is Mt. Koei. The former main mountain is Daihonzan Honkokuji Temple (Rokujōmon-ryū), and Ryūgenkai (Ryugenkai).

Wikipedia: 蓮長寺 (奈良市) (JA)

32. 十念寺

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Shinian Temple is a Buddhist temple of Pure Land Sect located in Naraichi, Nara Prefecture. The mountain name is Ninja Mountain, and its official name is Jinpero Shinian Temple, Ninja Mountain Love Dyeing Courtyard. Garden emperor's wish place. This deity is Amitabha Buddha.

Wikipedia: 十念寺 (奈良市) (JA)

33. Kombuin

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Kombuin KENPEI / CC-BY-SA-3.0

Xingfuyuan is a Pure Land Zongni Temple located in Falien Town, Naraichi, Nara Prefecture. The name of the mountain is Falian Mountain. This statue is called Amitabha Tathagata, and its founder (founder) is called Heqiqing Malu, also called Fujiwara Baichuan.

Wikipedia: 興福院 (JA)

34. 不空院 (Fukūin)

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Fukuuin is a Shingon Ritsu sect temple located in Takabatake-cho, Nara, Nara Prefecture, Japan. The mountain number is Mt. Kasuga. The main statue is the Void Searching Kannon. It is known as Enkiri-ji Temple because of its history as "Kakekomi Temple".

Wikipedia: 不空院 (JA)

35. Tomb of Emperor Heijo

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Tomb of Emperor Heijo VanishingDuck / Attribution

Ichiwa Kofun (市庭古墳, Ichiwa Kofun) is a burial mound located in Tsukamoto, Saki-cho, Nara City, Nara Prefecture, Japan. The shape is a front and rear circular burial mound. One of the burial mounds that make up the Saki Shield Row burial mounds.

Wikipedia: 市庭古墳 (JA)

36. 春日若宮社

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Ruogong Society in Chunri is a shrine located in Nakatsuji-CHO, Naraichi, Nara Prefecture. There are covered houses in the small ancestral halls built in spring. There are stone lanterns in front of Tianbao 12 years (1841) and Jiayong 2 years (1849).

Wikipedia: 春日若宮社 (奈良市中辻町) (JA)

37. Buddhist Art Library

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The Nara National Museum Buddhist Art Materials Research Center is a facility managed by the Nara National Museum established in 1980 (Showa 55) for the purpose of researching, storing, and publishing Buddhist art materials and related materials.

Wikipedia: 奈良国立博物館仏教美術資料研究センター (JA)

38. 円満寺

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Enmanji (圓満寺) is a temple located in Yamamachi, Nara City, Nara Prefecture, Japan. The main statue is blue-faced Kongo. Northern Yamato Eighty-Eight Sacred Sites No. 69. The temple office is also used as the Shimoyama Town Community Center.

Wikipedia: 円満寺 (奈良市) (JA)

39. 佐紀石塚山古墳

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Zuoji Shizushan Ancient Tomb is an ancient grave located in front of the Imperial Mausoleum in Naraichi, Nara Prefecture. The shape is the front and back round grave. One of the ancient tombs that constitute the ancient tombs of Zuoji Shield.

Wikipedia: 佐紀石塚山古墳 (JA)

40. 十輪院 (Jūrin-in Temple)

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Shilunyuan is located in Shilunyuan Town, Naraichi, Nara Prefecture. The mountain number is Yubaoshan. This deity is a stone Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva. Located in the corner of Nara Town, where the streets of Edo Meiji period are preserved.

Wikipedia: 十輪院 (JA)

41. Naramachi Tenjin Shrine

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Tenjinsha (天神社, Tenjinsha) is a Shinto shrine located in Takabatake-cho, Nara City, Nara Prefecture, Japan. It is also called Naramachi Tenjinja. It is a Tenjinja shrine in Kitatemma, and the precincts are about 1,000 square meters.

Wikipedia: 天神社 (奈良市高畑町) (JA)

42. Kibizuka Tomb

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Kibizuka Kofun (吉bizuka Kofun) is a circular or anterior posterior burial mound located on the campus of Nara University of Education in Takabatake-cho, Nara City, Nara Prefecture, Japan. It is said to be the tomb of Kibi Shinbi.

Wikipedia: 吉備塚古墳 (JA)

43. Konabe Kofun

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Konabe Kofun Modified by the uploader: Pocopen. / Attribution

Konabe Kofun (Konabe Kofun) is a burial mound located in Hokkeji-cho, Nara City, Nara Prefecture, Japan. The shape is a front and rear circular burial mound. One of the burial mounds that make up the Saki Shield Row burial mounds.

Wikipedia: コナベ古墳 (JA)

44. 佐紀陵山古墳

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Zuojiling Mountain Ancient Tomb is an ancient grave located in Shanling Town, Naraichi, Nara Prefecture. The shape is the front and back round grave. One of the ancient tombs that constitute the ancient tombs of Zuoji Shield.

Wikipedia: 佐紀陵山古墳 (JA)

45. 嶋田神社

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Shimada Shrine (嶋田神社, Shimada Jinja) is a Shinto shrine located in Yashima-cho, Nara, Nara Prefecture, Japan. A small shrine in the ceremony, the former shrine is a village shrine and a shrine of the Shinto Shrine.

Wikipedia: 嶋田神社 (JA)

46. Naramachi Museum

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The Nara Town Museum is a private museum located in Nishishinya-cho, Nara City, Nara Prefecture, in a corner of Nara Town, a district lined with townhouses built from the early modern period to the modern era of Nara City.

Wikipedia: 奈良町資料館 (JA)

47. Hishiage Kofun (Mausoleum of Iwanohime no Mikoto)

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Hishiage Kofun is a burial mound located in Saki-cho, Nara City, Nara Prefecture, Japan. The shape is a front and rear circular burial mound. One of the burial mounds that make up the Saki Shield Row burial mounds.

Wikipedia: ヒシアゲ古墳 (JA)

48. 光明山 賢故坊 浄福寺

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Jingfu Temple is a Buddhist temple of Pure Land Sect located in Xingshanyuan Town, Naraichi, Nara Prefecture. The mountain is Guangming Mountain, the courtyard is Xingshan Courtyard, and the square is Xian Gu Fang.

Wikipedia: 浄福寺 (奈良市) (JA)

49. 祇園社八阪神社

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The Baxan Shrine is a shrine located in Yakamachi, Naraichi, Nara Prefecture. Also known as the Gion Garden Society in Yashang Town, the plaque of the worship hall is marked with the words "Gion Garden Society".

Wikipedia: 八阪神社 (奈良市) (JA)

50. 南都御霊神社

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Goryōjinja (御霊神社, Goryo-jinja) is a Shinto shrine located in Yakushido-cho, Nara City, Nara Prefecture, Japan. The former shrine is a village shrine. It is also called Nanto Goryo Shrine or Kibi Goryo.

Wikipedia: 御霊神社 (奈良市) (JA)

51. 宅春日神社

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Yakekasuga Shrine (宅春日神社, Yakekasuga Jinja) is a Shinto shrine located in Hakubiji-cho, Nara City, Nara Prefecture, Japan. It sits at the northwestern foot of Mount Takamaru, south of the Noto River.

Wikipedia: 宅春日神社 (JA)

52. 帯解寺

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Obitoke-ji Temple is a Kegon sect temple located in Nara City, Nara Prefecture, Japan. The mountain number is Koyasuyama. The main statue is Jizo Bodhisattva. It is known as a temple of prayer for safe birth.

Wikipedia: 帯解寺 (JA)

53. 今西家書院

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Imanishi Family Shoin (今西家書院, Imanishi Keshoin) is a historical building located in Fukuchiin-cho, Nara City, Nara Prefecture, Japan. It is designated as an important cultural property of Japan.

Wikipedia: 今西家書院 (JA)

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