Kashihara City: Holding Title Here
From the Kumano Sanzan route to the mountain temples of Koyasan
From the Kumano Sanzan route to the
the mountain temples of Koyasan

Kashihara City:
Home to Japan's Ancient Capital

Cultural heartland in central Nara

Welcome to Kashihara

Kashihara City, in Nara prefecture, is known as the birthplace of Japan's imperial house as well as the former location of its ancient Fujiwara Capital. Visitors to this region can expect a trip back in time, with the chance to visit numerous ancient ruins and the former palace grounds themselves

One of Kashihara's other best kept secrets includes Imai-cho – an Edo period town with over 500 historical, merchant houses – several of which carry Important Cultural Property status in recognition of their heritage.

Visit Kashihara


Introducing Historic Imai-cho

A merchant town born in the cross-fire of history


Kashihara Jingu Shrine


Ofusa Kannon Temple


Ruins of Moto-Yakushi Temple


Fujiwara Capital and Palace Ruins