”Heijyo-kyo”, the capital of Japan during the Nara period and the Heijyo palace site ruins

The Heijo palace site was a central organization of Heijo-kyo in Nara city. It was the capital of Japan during the Nara period (710~784). The Heijyo place site was registered as cultural property to the ancient capital of Nara, a world heritage site. It was first registered from archaeological ruins.

2018-09-10   Visit: Temples & Shrines, Nara,



What’s there you ask? Vast green grounds and Chinese style construction

If you take the Kintestu train from Osaka to Nara, you may see vast green grounds and Chinese style construction between Saidaiji station and Shin-Omiya station. This is where the palace ruins from the Nara period are located. The palace name was Heijyo-kyo. There was an emperor’s house and government office. Nowadays, local people jog and walk their dogs here. During the New Year season, you’ll find children flying kites.


‘Heijyo Tenpyo Sai’ will be held with brilliant lighting

‘Heijyo Tenpyo Sai’ will be held from August 28th to the 30th. During this festival, Heijyo-kyo will be decorated with brilliant lights. It will be lit up from 17:30 to 21:00 and has a lot of interesting entertainment. You can see ‘Toukae@Daigokuden’ with it’s many lit candles in front of daigokuden and ‘Tenpyo parade on light’, a parade from the Nara period with people wearing LED lit clothing. You can enjoy a fantastic night in Nara. Heijyo Tenpyo Sai is held during all 4 seasons.


Let’s visit to the Heijo Palace Site Museum before the festival!

The Heijo Palace Site Museum is close to Heijo palace site and is free of charge. The museum displays excavated artifacts and model buildings of heijo-kyo, Japan’s ancient capital during the eighth century. Heijo-kyo was built based on Changan, the capital of Tang in China. It was the final destination of the ‘Silk Road’ and the capital was a very international place. You can come to imagine international relations through witnessing their restored articles. I found a funny doodle on a Mokkan. Mokkan is a long and narrow, thin piece of wood that was used to write on during the Nara period. Paper was very expensive those days and the wooden Mokkan was cheap and could be used many times by shaving it’s surface off. If you see a doodle in Mokkan, you can come to imagine the fashion during the Nara period.  I don’t know who drew it, but it doesn’t feel like a doodle from the Nara period. I am interested in the painter.




9-1 2, Nijyo-cho, Nara-city, Nara Pref.

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Address 9-1 2, Nijyo-cho, Nara-city, Nara Pref.
Hours Every Monday
Access It takes ten minutes from Kintestu Saidaiji station’s north exit
Phone 0742-30-6753
Website http://www.nabunken.go.jp/heijo/museum/