|Name of film commission||Nara Prefectural Film Commission|
|Location||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.|
|Era of location (facility)||Before the Meiji era|
|Contact||Noborioji-cho 30, Nara, Nara Prefecture 630-8501
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