In 2010, commemorating the 1,300th anniversary of the Heijo-kyo founding, various events are being held in many places in Nara, including the Heijo Palace site (main venue), which is a World Heritage site. It takes about ten minutes to the Heijo Palace site from Kintetsu Yamato-Saidaiji Station on foot. A bus is available from Kintetsu Yamato-Saidaiji Station and JR Nara Station.
You can see reconstructed buildings and experience the life of people of bygone days.
Daigoku-den Hall took 10 years to be reconstructed in its original form. It was the largest hall of the palace and used for important ceremonies of the nation, such as the coronation ceremony of the emperor and meetings with foreign embassies. The architectural style and inner walls, on which the four gods who governed the four directions of the compass are depicted, are must-sees.
At Heijo-kyo History Museum, you can learn how people engaged in exchanges with China and Korea and how people developed the country viewing a big screen and other displays. There is an original-size replica of a Kentoshi-sen ship, by which Japanese people in ancient times went to Tang-dynasty China to study.
At Heijo-kyo Narikiri Taiken-kan Hall, you can experience clothing and types of work of people of the those days and also excavation the ruins of the Heijo Palace site. Through these, you will learn how people in Nara in ancient times lived.
From April 24th through June 30th, and from September 1st to November 7th, guided tours are conducted to see the Heijo Palace site. Volunteer guides guide you around the site and explain the passion and vision of the people who established the capital 13 centuries ago, and also about more mundane things such as their clothing, food and homes. Tours in English, Chinese, and Korean are held every day in addition to Japanese, all free of charge. If you want to know more, please visit the website.
You can also learn about the history and culture of the Palace site through the iPod touch that you can rent at the venue. This service is available in Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean and French. Foreign tourists can rent free of charge when you show your passport.