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Southern Nara-ken is the birthplace of imperial rule and is rich in historical sites easily accessible on day trips from Osaka, Kyoto or Nara; make sure to set out early. Of particular interest are the kofun (burial mounds) that mark the graves of Japan's first emperors, concentrated around Asuka. Elsewhere, several isolated temples provide an escape from the crowds. Further afield, the historic refuge and mountaintop town of Yoshino is one of Japan's cherry blossom meccas.

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