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In 710, about 1300 years ago, the capital of Japan was placed in Nara and was named Heijokyo. Then Heijogu was built at the northern end of Heijokyo as a place where the Emperor could live and the officials could work. Heijo Palace has buildings and gates that reproduce the architecture from back in the day and it also has a museum. The premise is surprisingly vast in area - 30 times the size of a baseball stadium. It is 800 meter in a straight distance from Suzaku-mon (gate) which stands at the entrance to the palace. You will be overwhelmed by its hugeness.
- Sakicho, Nara-shi, Nara
- Contact No.
- From Kintetsu Yamato-Saidaiji Station, take a Nara-kotsu bus bound for Kintetsu Nara Station for 8 min, and get off at Heijogu-seki Bus Stop
- Opening Hours / Holidays
Closed: Mon (When Monday is a holiday, the next day), Year end holidays
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 60 minutes
- Admission fee
- Heijokyo History Museum 500 yen/adult, 250 yen/student senior high school and older, 200 yen/elementary and junior high school students (Foreigners/free on passport presentation )
※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
For the latest information, please check the official website for each spot.
At the entrance of Heijogu, Suzaku-mon towers upward. It is said to be the most important gate in Heijo Palace and was the main entrance. It is 20 meters high and 70 meters wide, and it is quite impressive. Let's pass through Suzaku-mon to get in Heijogu!
Advancing 800 meters from Suzaku-mon, you will reach the biggest palace in Heijogu, Daiichi-Daigokuden. This used to be the center of Japan, where the most important ceremonies were held.
Heijokyo Rekishikan (History Museum)
On Suzaku-mon's left, there is a History Museum with an eye-catching model of a big ship. You can learn about the history of Heijokyo through an animated movie. If you show your passport, admission is free for foreigners, and they have guidance in foreign languages. How about dropping by?