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Fujiwara Palace Ruins

 

Fujiwara

 Fujiwara Capital Information Center | General Information

In AD 694, Empress Jito, the 41st monarch of Japan, moved the capital to Fujiwara-kyo, Japan’s first planned capital city, where it remained the imperial capital for 16 years.

Fujiwara Sign

Excavated documents have revealed that it was Emperor Tenmu, the 40th monarch of Japan and husband to Empress Jito, who planned and commissioned the Fujiwara Capital. He saw the building of a new consolidated capital as necessary for his aim of establishing a strong centralised government. Emperor Tenmu however, passed before the completion and his successor, Empress Jito, carried out his will and completed the project.

At about 28 square kilometres in area, Fujiwara Capital was the largest in Japan’s ancient times. It was also the first Japanese capital whereby streets were built in a checkerboard grid pattern, a design trait modelled after Chinese dynasties. The capital was so vast that the Three Mountains of Yamato (Mt. Unebiyama, Mt. Kaguyama & Mt. Miminashiyama – jointly designated by the government as a Place of Scenic Beauty) were confined within the city’s walls.

Fujiwara Palace


The imperial palace stood right at the center of the capital and such placement was a characteristic which set Fujiwara apart from subsequent capital cities of Japan. Large amounts of building materials were transported from various parts of the country for the construction of Fujiwara Palace and it was the first palace in Japan to have tiled roof.

Pillars

The site is now a preserved area with ongoing excavation works. The mound where the Imperial Audience Hall once was can still be seen today and mock pillars have been placed at spots where excavations have revealed foundation supports. 

In addition to being one of the sites registered on the UNESCO World Heritage Candidate List under “Asuka-Fujiwara: Archaeological Sites of Japan’s Ancient Capitals and Related Properties” as well as a recognized Japan Heritage location, the former palace site still attracts many visitors due to the fields of seasonal flowers. There are the cheery yellow canola and beautiful cherry blossoms in spring, regal lotuses and orange cosmos in summer as well as pretty pink cosmos in autumn. 

The most convenient way to get to Fujiwara Palace Ruins is via Community Bus, which drops you at Fujiwara Capital Information Center (just across the street from the ruins site). For more information regarding the Community Bus, please click here.

Canola Lotus Orange Cosmos Cosmos

(For up-to-date information on flowering state, please refer to our Facebook page)


Fujiwara Capital Information Center

Exhibit RoomEstablished in 2006, this information center was opened to let the public learn more about the history behind Fujiwara Capital. Amongst the explanatory panels, excavated relics and traditional costumes on display, the key exhibit is a 1:1000 scale diorama model of Fujiwara Capital and Asuka region.

All visitors will be presented with a specially designed nametag and 3 types of custom stampers are available for visitors to stamp as memorabilia.


 General Information

Name Fujiwara Palace Ruins
Type of attraction Former capital of Japan, Flower fields
Operating hours 9.00 am - 5.00 pm (Fujiwara Capital Information Center)
Closed Every Monday (Fujiwara Capital Information Center)
Admission Fees None
Free Wi-Fi Available (外部リンク)
 Useful links Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties
   https://www.nabunken.go.jp/english/index.html
  Learn more about Emperor Tenmu, Empress Jito & Fujiwara Capital
   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-QhLnhP5zs
Getting there From Kintetsu Miminashi Station:
  30 min walk
  From JR Unebi Station:
  30 min walk
  From Kintetsu Unebigoryomae Station:
   30 min walk
  Via Community Bus (Bus Terminal at Yamato-Yagi Stn)
  Flat rate of ¥170, alight at Fujiwara Capital Information Center

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