Congress Report
Photo: Nara City Sightseeing Information Center, Kofuku-ji Temple
Photo taken by Tatehiko Yano
Nara Prefecture

Head of Prefectural Government

Mr. Shogo Arai, Governor
Assumed governorship of Nara Prefecture (third term) in May 2015

Location

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Area

3,690.94 km2 (2015)
40th largest of 47 prefectures

Population

1,341,341(as of August 1, 2018)
Men: 631,969 Women: 709,372

GDP

Nominal: JPY 3,577.4 billion
Real: JPY 3,484.1 billion (both in FY2015)

Capital

Nara City

Geographic features

An inland prefecture surrounded by mountains, located roughly in the middle of Honshu of the Japanese archipelago.
Nara Prefecture is divided by the Yoshino River that runs east-west through its central area. North of the river is low land, while south of the river is mountainous. The southern mountainous region accounts for 60% of the total prefectural land area. The northern low land area is referred to as the “Nara Basin” and, despite having just 15% of the prefectural land area, it is home to 85% of the prefecture’s population.

Main industries

Electric machinery and appliance, food manufacturing; transportation machinery

symbols

Prefectural tree: Cedar
Prefectural flower: Nara Yaezakura double cherry blossom
Prefectural bird: Robin
Prefectural fish: Goldfish, “ayu”, “amago” salmon

Number of visitors

Total 44,070,000 (FY2016)

Administrative divisions

Nara Prefecture --- 12 cities, 15 towns, 12 villages (2014)

Official website

http://www.pref.nara.jp/


Sources: Official website of Nara Prefecture; Statistic Guide Data Nara 2017; “Results of Population Estimates” in 2018 by statistics div. Nara prefectural govt; “Systems of Nara Prefectural Accounts” in 2015; “Report on the Nara Prefecture Tourist Dynamics Survey” in 2016 by tourism capacity improvement div. Nara prefectural govt.

(As of August, 2018)