Sights to see in Nara Palace Site Historical Park

Daiichiji Daigokuden-in (Former Imperial Audience Hall Compound (under reconstruction))

This compound, including the Audience Hall, stretches for approximately 320 m north to south, and 180 m east to west. This was a special place for state ceremonies during the first half of the Nara Period.

Daiichiji Daigokuden Hall

This was the largest palace building at the Nara Palace. It was used for the most important ceremonial occasions of state.

Facility Daiichiji Daigokuden Hall (Former Imperial Audience Hall)
Hours 9:00 – 16:30 (admission until 16:00)
Closed Mondays (if Monday is a public holiday, following day) and between December 26 and January 1

Daigokumon Gate (South Gate)

The Daigokumon Gate(South Gate), which served as the main entrance to the Daiichiji Daigokuden, was located on the south side of the compound. The compound was approximately 317.7m north to south and approximately 176.6m east to west, and surrounded by a roofed mud wall corridor. The emperor would sometimes make an appearance here at ceremonies.

Daigokumon Gate Leaflet

Fukugenjigyo Johokan (Information Center for Reconstruction Project)

This facility provides a comprehensive overview of the reconstruction work on the buildings of the Daiichiji Daigokuden-in. Actual materials, tools and building methods are on display, and in addition to this, visitors can also enjoy a model of the reconstructed Daiichiji Daigokuden-in, an informational video and a hands-on exhibit.

Facility Fukugenjigyo Johokan
(Information Center for Reconstruction Project)
Hours 9:00 – 17:00 (admission until 16:30)
Closed Second Monday in Feb., Apr., Jul., and Nov., and between December 29 and January 1