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Former Site of Heijokyu Imperial Palace

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Name
Former Site of Heijokyu Imperial Palace
Address
Nara city, Nara prefecture
Description
The Former Site of Heijokyu Imperial Palace is the site upon which Heijo Palace or Heijkyo once stood. The site now features reconstructions of the Imperial Audience Hall where the Emperor’s throne was located, the Suzaku Gate and the East Palace Garden. These were reconstructed based on archeological findings and records from the time. It is worth downloading the free app called Nara Heijokyo Historic Walk (there are QR codes at the site), with an audio commentary on what court life would have been like. The palace buildings are free to enter, wheelchair/stroller accessible and contain some explanations in English about the construction and architectural features. Heijokyo was Japan’s first capital, though it only lasted 74 years from 710 to 784. Built on a grid in the style of Tang Chinese capital Xi’an, it covered around 30 square kilometers, with the palace at the north end. After the capital was moved to Kyoto, Heijo Palace and the surrounding buildings were abandoned and fell into disrepair.
Date of photo shooting
February 2004
Shooting Time
Noon
Weather at the Time of Shooting
Sunny
Category
world heritages illuminations/lighted-up facilities

Contact info for inquiries

Name
Nara Prefectural Film Commission
Address
Noborioji-cho 30, Nara city, Nara prefecture, 630-8501
Website
http://yamatoji.nara-kankou.or.jp/library/fc-nara/
Contact Information
TEL:+81-742-27-8975
FAX:+81-742-27-0213
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