Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara consis of eight places situated in the old capital city Nara located in Nara Prefecture. The complex includes five Buddhist temples, one Shinto shrine, one primeval forest and one Palace. The complex including twenty-six buildings is declared as Japan's National Treasure by the Japanese Government. All compounds within the complex have been recognized by UNESCO as Historic Sites. The city Nara used to be Japan's capital city back in 710 until 784. During this period the overall framework of national government was entirely consolidated, so the city enjoyed amazing prosperity while emerging as the fundament of the Japanese heritage and culture.
The Nara's historic monuments including Buddhist temples and excavated remains of the Imperial Palace provide an amazingly vivid picture of life in the Japanese capital back in the 8th century. The period is commonly referred to as a period of profound cultural and political change in Japan all perfectly visible in Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara which makes this fairy-tale place a must visit destination in Japan. There you will explore Buddhist temples representing Japan's ancient city and the harmonious landscape of the Shinto shrine and sacred forest demonstrating that traditional worship that has been preserved for centuries in Japan.
Kiyomizudera Temple meaning Pure Water Temple is one of the most visited and most celebrated temples located in Japan. The temple was founded back in 780 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall located in the hills east of Kyoto. The temple was initially associated with the famous Japanese school Hosso sect that was one of the oldest school in Japan practicing Buddhism. The temple was added to the list of protected UNESCO world heritage sites back in 1994.
The temple is best known for its amazing wood stage which juts out from temple's main hall, thirteen meters above the land. The wooden stage allows visitors an amazing and breathtaking view of the maple and cherry streets below that perfectly erupt in a sea of amazing fall and spring colors. The city of Kyoto is also visible in the distance. The main hall of the temple together with the stage was built without nails, primarily serving as a house of worship. There you will see an amazing Kannon, the eleven-faced and thousand armed statues, so make sure you pay a viti to this magnificent Japan's historic site.