World Heritage / Heijo Palace Ruins in Nara

平城宮跡 第一次大極殿 

The ruins of Heijo Palace, which has been registered as a World Heritage Site as a cultural property of the ancient city of Nara.
It was built about 1300 years ago, but the current building is based on the “Basic Plan for Preservation and Maintenance of the Heijo Palace Site of special historic sites”, and the Suzakumon Gate was completed in 1998 and the First Daigokuden in 2010.

There were no reference paintings or materials (blueprints) left in the restoration. Based on the temple constructions of the same period, such as Horyuji and Yakushi-ji, and the architectural structure and the foundation stones found from the excavation survey they guessed the size and shape.

World Heritage / Heijo Palace Ruins of January

The ruins of Heijo Palace, The First Daigokuden, dyed in the sunset.
The front is about 44m, the side is about 20m, and the height is about 27m, which is the largest building in Heijo Palace.Daigoku-den was used for important national ceremonies, such as the Emperor’s throne ceremony and meeting with foreign envoys.

You can enter The First Daigokuden from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (except Mondays) (free of charge).If you look at Suzakumon from daigokuden, you can enjoy the magnificent scenery that only the Emperor and aides of the time were able to see.Talk of the volunteer staff are also interesting, so don’t forget to drop in.

Suzakumon is visible in the back.
It is a gate where the greeting etc. of the foreign envoy were done.Heijo Palace Ruins is a vast site, and you can see the beautiful mountains surrounding the Nara Basin. I think you can refresh your mind and body if you visit with plenty of time!

It is the Segway that four people are driving in the square.I heard that there are various considerations such as safety and road maintenance so that Segways can be used around the heijo Palace site. It seems to be fun when it is realized.

In Suzakumon Hiroba, “Tenpyo Umashikan” which has a history explanation corner, restaurants and cafes. “Tenpyo Mitsukikan” which provides tourist information and souvenir sales in Nara Prefecture, and “Tenpyo Miharashikan” where you can enjoy the view of the heijo Palace ruins from the observation room, “Tenpyo Tsudoikan” is set up as a meeting space for school trips and group guests.

These are just completed in 2018, so they are beautiful♪

World Heritage / Heijo Palace Ruins of March

Heijo Palace Ruins 1st Daigoku-den

The plums are in full bloom in March, and the trees begin to prepare to sprout.

Heijo Palace Ruins 1st Daigoku-den

The morning chill is still severe, and the temperature difference between early morning and daytime is around 15 degrees Celsius.When you come to sightseeing or shooting in the morning sun, it is important to have one thing to wear.

World Heritage / Heijo Palace Ruins of August

Heijo Palace Ruins 1st Daigokuden Sunset Event
Heijo Palace Ruins 1st Daigokuden Sunset Event

Events are held frequently at the ruins of Heijo Palace, so it is recommended that you check the Heijo Palace Ruins Historical Park site before visiting.

The photo above is the pattern of the event “Tenpei Nabata Festival Summer 2017” held in the summer.Countless candles are lined up all over, and you’ll be overwhelmed by the beautiful scenery.From Suzakumon Gate to The First Daigokuden, the event mood is enlivened by the Heijo Kyo Tentai procession, which walks in costumes of the time, and the temporary restaurant opening.

For more information on the timing of the event, please check the Heijo Palace Ruins Historical Park Site♪

↑ You can watch a video of the restoration project and see a model of the finished at the “First Daigokuden Restoration Project Information Center”.

This is the “Rajomon Ruins” which was the main gate of Heijokyo, 4km south of the ruins of Heijo Palace.
There is nothing left, but you can see the Suzakugate and The First Daigokuden at the site of Heijo Palace from here, so it might be a good idea to bring a telescope.

This is the site of Heijo Palace seen from the top of the bridge.(red circle )

↑ The location of the ruins of Heijokyo and Rajomon is here.If you have time, please visit us.

In fact, the area around the Ruins of Heijo Palace, a World Heritage Site, is full of sightseeing spots and attractions♪.

The ruins of Heijo Palace are close to Yamato Saidaiji Station on the Kintetsu Line, but it is recommended for sightseeing such as “Saidaiji Temple” which boasts a magnificent shrine as one of the seven main temples of Nanto at the station. And “Yakushiji”, “Toshodaiji” also recommended. ( World Heritage Site )
Nara Park, Todaiji Temple, Kasuga Taisha is also close, so if you stay for two or three days, it is easy to make plans, and I think that you can enjoy it slowly.

The ruins of Heijo Palace have been decided to be a national park, and the relocation of the Kintetsu Nara Line off site are being considered.It’s only now that you can take a train and see the World Heritage Site♪

[Visiting place] Heijo Palace ruins Saki-cho Nara City Nar
a Prefecture

[admission fee] free
[viewing time] 24h
[parking lot] Free parking available
[Access] Kintetsu
[Yamato Nishi-Daiji] station get off.It is about a 15-minute walk from the south exit.Or get off at the free
shuttle bus JR Nara.About 15 minutes by bus from the west exit

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