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奈良市 · Nara City
Location of Nara in Nara Prefecture
Location of Nara in Nara Prefecture
Country Japan
Region Kansai
Prefecture Nara Prefecture
 • Mayor Gen Nakagawa
 • Total 276.84 km2 (106.89 sq mi)
 (January 1, 2010)
 • Total 368,636
 • Density 1,331.58/km2 (3,448.8/sq mi)

Nara (奈良市 Nara-shi?) is a city in Japan on the island of Honshu. It is the capital city of Nara Prefecture.[1]

It has been recognized as a core city since 2002.[2]


Many of the temples, shrines and ruins in Nara form "Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara", which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.[3] The site includes

The Kasugayama Primeval Forest is also ientified as a world heritage site.[3]


The city is in the northern part of Nara Prefecture. It is on the border withKyoto Prefecture.


  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Nara" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 698; "Kansai" at p. 477.
  2. Jacobs, A.J. "Japan's Evolving Nested Municipal Hierarchy: The Race for Local Power in the 2000s," Urban Studies Research, Vol. 2011 (2011), p. 8 [PDF 8 of 14]; Buhnik, Sophie. "From Shrinking Cities to Toshi no Shukushō: Identifying Patterns of Urban Shrinkage in the Osaka Metropolitan Area," Berkeley Planning Journal, Vol. 23, No. 1 (2001), p. 135 [PDF 4 of 24]; retrieved 2012-12-5.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), The Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara; retrieved 2012-8-29.

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