Registered as a World Heritage Site as a “Cultural Property of Ancient Nara”
Former Heijo-kyu Palace site is a special historic site which was the center of Heijo-kyo which was transferred from Fujiwara-kyo in 710. It was the center of politics and culture where Tenpyo culture opened up. It is said that the Emperor lived and about 7,000 officials, including aristocrats, worked. Suzaku-mon Gate which can be said as the symbol of this place, the Former Imperial Audience Hall which was used for the important ritual of the country, Toin Teien Garden with pond are restored and it is the highlight.
In 1998, it was registered as a World Heritage Site as “cultural property of Ancient Nara”. It is a convenient location that you can access from Nara station on foot.
In 2018, “Nara Palace Site Historical Park” opened. “Nara Palace Site Historical Park” is consisted of four complex facilities, such as the “Heijo-kyu Izanai pavilion” that comprehensively guides past the past of the Heijo Palace, the “Heisei Miharashi pavilion” which is a sightseeing base facility, the “Tenpyo Umashi , “Tenpyo Mitsuki pavilion” that collects tourist information, and so on. It is a spot where you can relax and enjoy the “space that feels the Nara era now”.
Others, exhibitions of numerous excavated items, reconstructed models, remnants, etc. are open to the public at the “Heijo Palace Site Museum”, the “Excavation Site Exhibition Hall”, and the “Restoration Project Information Hall”. Many restoration facilities are scattered throughout the area, such as the “Former Imperial Audience Hall”, “Toin Teien Garden”, “Chodo-in” (an office at the Heijo-kyo Palace), and “Suzaku-mon Gate” restored as a memorial project for “the 1,300 anniversary of the establishment of Japan’s old capital, Nara Heijo-kyo”.
In the “Heijo Palace Site Museum”, in addition to earthenware and tiles that have been excavated so far, building models and excavation dioramas are displayed. In the “Excavation Site Exhibition Hall” you can see the remains found in the excavation in its original form. You can learn about the Heijyojyo ruins, such as restoration project preservation halls introduced in CG images and materials. There is new discovery here every time you visit, it is a facility that you will want to visit many times.
Introducing access to the former Heijo-kyu Palace site. From Japan Railway Tokaido Shinkansen “Shin-Osaka Station”, take the Osaka City High Speed Electric Railroad Midosuji Line to Namba Station. From there, transfer to the Kinki Nippon Railway Nara Line and go to “Kintetsu Nara Station”. From Kintetsu Nara Station, take a bus (for Yamatosaidaiji station) and get off at “Former Heijo-kyu Palace” stop. From there you will reach your destination in a short walk.
Charms and Highlights of the former Heijo-kyu Palace site
The World Cultural Heritage
It is said that the Ruins of Heijo Palace with vast plottage of 1.3 km of east and west, 1 km of north and south, and area are about 120 hectares had the garden for holding a public office and the party, etc. in addition to and the building for holding the Emperor’s dwelling and politics, and a national ceremony once. It was designated also as the World Cultural Heritage in 1998.
The Suzaku-mon Gate
It is the former palace site which was the center of Heijokyo which transfered the capital from Fujiwarakyo in 710. The “Suzaku-mon Gate” restored as part of the commemoration enterprise in Heijokyo transfer-of-the-capital 1,300 is a highlight.
The Suzaku-mon Gate which is the main gate was rebuilt in 1998. The Daigokuden, which serves as the Council Hall in the Japanese Imperial Palace, used for the ceremony of accession to the throne of the Emperor, etc. was restored in 2010 applied the time for nine years.
The place was forgotten for approximately 1,000 years
The Heijo-kyu is imperial palace built at the central north end of capital, Heijokyo of Nara, surrounded in Tsukiji Ogaki (roofed mud-wall) of 5m. After the capital moved to Kyoto at the end of eighth century, it becomes the rice field and even the place was forgotten for approximately 1,000 years until the Meiji era.
You can enjoy elegant buildings
On a fine day, you can enjoy elegant buildings group such as restored Daigokuden and take a walk while feeling ancient wind in Toin Teien Garden (the garden at East Palace of Heijo Imperial Palace).
Information(Access, Price/Charge, Tel, Address, Official site, etc.)
|Name:||The former Heijo-kyu Palace site|
|Adresse:||Sakicho Nara, Nara 630-8003 Japan|
|Access:||Kintetsu Kashihara-sen Line “Yamato-Saidaiji-eki Station” (20 minutes walk)|
|Tel:||(+81) 742-27-8945 (The former Heijo-kyu Palace site Business Development Department)|