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About Kashihara

 

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Kashihara is a city located in the middle of Nara Prefecture. Home to many historical and archaeological landmarks, Kashihara was a pivotal location in various periods of Japan’s rich, diverse and extensive history.

Jingu IntroTo put it in a timeline, Kashihara’s significance started right from the start when the first Emperor of Japan, Jimmu, established his throne within the city in 660 BC, marking the beginning of Japan’s monarchy. Kashiharajingu Shrine was constructed in 1890 at the site where Emperor Jimmu’s palace was believed to have once stood.

 

Fujiwara Intro

Moving on to AD 694, Japan saw the birth of its first planned capital city, Fujiwara Capital. With a square area of 28 kilometres, it is the first Japanese capital to be built in a checkerboard street grid pattern, modelled after Chinese dynasties. The site where the grand palace once stood is currently a preserved area with ongoing excavation works. Together with 4 other sites located in Kashihara and neighbouring Asuka Village, the ruins of Fujiwara Palace is registered on UNESCO World Heritage Candidate List under “Asuka-Fujiwara: Archaeological Sites of Japan’s Ancient Capitals and Related Properties”.

ImaiThough the capital was succeeded after 16 years, the city shone again in the 17th century with Imai-cho, a merchant town which flourished till the extent that a popular saying that “70% of the province’s gold can be found in Imai” was coined. Together with Sakai in Osaka (a port city), they were the pillars of commerce in the region during the Edo Period. With about 500 traditional houses still intact today, it is the country’s biggest Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings.

Well-connected and easily accessible, Kashihara continues to serve as a junction in multiple travel routes linking the Kansai region.

Welcome to Kashihara, a place where you can soak in Japan’s history, enjoy nature and experience a part of Japan that is still less explored.


 Fact Sheet

City name Kashihara (橿原市)
Prefecture Nara Prefecture
Region Kansai Region
Founded February 11, 1956
Area 39.56 sq km
Population 123,718
  (as at August, 2016)
Nearest Airport Kansai International Airport (KIX)
  Osaka International Airport (ITM)
Nearest Shinkansen Station Kyoto
  Shin-Osaka
Average temperatures  in Spring: 26.9 / 1.3
(in ℃, based on readings in 2015) in Summer: 35.5 / 17.4
  in Autumn: 27.7 / 6.3
  in Winter: 16.2 / -3.3
Public Wi-Fi Spots  18 locations

 

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