Nara Prefecture

NARA PREFECTURE

Main City: Nara

Population: 1,385,000 people, ranking 30/47 prefecture (2013) [1]

Area: 3,691 km2 [2]

Geographical / Landscape description

Nara Prefecture is part of the Kansai region of Japan. Landlocked, mountainous areas occupy about 60% of the prefecture's land. [2]

Climate

The climate of Nara Prefecture is mainly warm. However, there are important differences between the north-western basin area and the mountains which constitute the rest of the prefecture. Annual accumulated rainfall is one of the highest in Japan. [2]

Time zone: GMT +7 in summer (+8 in winter)

International dialling code: 0081

Recent history, culture

As the former capital of Japan, before Kyoto, Nara contains many archeological digs and culturally rich sites making it a special place to visit for tourists. Several of its centuries old buildings are listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, such as the Todaiji temple which is the largest wooden structure in the world and home to the world's largest bronze statue of the Buddha. [3]

More chapters:

  • Economic overview
  • Infrastructure
  • Major types of economic activities
  • Opportunities for EU Investors / Exporters / Importers
  • Setting up a business in the prefecture
  • Other contacts