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Nara, Japan

Language: Japanese — Currency: Yen [exchange money]

Nara (奈良市) was Japan's first capital. As the influence and political ambitions of the city's powerful Buddhist monasteries grew to become a serious threat to the government, the capital was moved to Nagaoka in 784 and a few years later to Kyoto. Nara is located less than an hour from Kyoto and Osaka by train. Due to it's past as the first capital, it remains full of historial treasures, including some of the oldest and largest temples in Japan.

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