The Jewel in Japan's World Heritage Crown

The history of Japan as a unified state starts from Nara. The Nara period (710 - 784) was also a very cosmopolitan era, with considerably significant interaction with China and the rest of the world through the Silk Road. This is reflected in the very ancient and very unique history and culture of the area. Boasting three UNESCO World Heritage Sites including a total of 20 individual venues, Nara is the jewel in Japan's World Heritage crown. The UNESCO sites span ancient monuments and historic pilgrimage routes. To visit these is to understand Nara's contributions to the history and culture of Japan, and its relationship to the rest of the world.

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