"The extensive open space of lawn seen between Saidaiji Station and Shin-Omiya Station on the Kintetsu Line is the Heijo Palace, the center of Heijo-kyo Capital, which lasted for 74 years over the 7 successive reigns. The Palace was located in the northernmost area of the central Heijo-kyo Capital and, with an extended area toward the east, it had a total area of about 120 hectares. Containing the Daigoku-den and the Chodo-in for formal ceremonies, the Dairl as an emperors' residence, the To-in, and government offices with 8 ministries and 100 agencies, the Palace is considered to have been surrounded by mud walls and moats with a total of 12 gates, 3 gates being built in each direction. A continuous excarvation has been carried out by the Nara National Cultural Properties Research Institute since the 34th year of Showa(1959).
Moreover, the ""Suzaku-mon,"" or the formal gate to the Heijo Palace, and the ""To-in"" Garden, or the site of aristocrats' banquets and ceremonies, were restored and have been open to public since April of the 10th year of Heisei(1998).
(Near the bus stop Heijo-kyuseki on the bus route for Saidaiji Kitaguchi)"
|Address||Saki-cho, Nara City 630-8577|
|Access||10 minute walk from Kintetsu Yamato-Saidai-ji Station|
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|Hours of Operation||9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Last entry at 4:00 p.m.)|