The city of Nara in Japan celebrates 2010 as the 1300th anniversary of it becoming the capital of Japan which it held during the Nara Period between 710-784 AD. The historic city has so much heritage on show including some spectacular palaces and temples and actually is home to the largest number of registered national treasures in Japan. Nara is a short half hour train trip from Osaka and most of the sights are in easy walking distance from the station, making it a great day trip. The parks and gardens are full of roaming deer which are a much loved symbol of the city. To celebrate the 1300th anniversary Nara has plenty of special events throughout the year including exhibitions, festivals and performances.
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