17th International Conference on
Physics of Light-Matter Coupling in Nanostructures (PLMCN17)


March 28 - March 31, 2016
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Nara, Japan

Todaiji Temple Cultural Center
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center is a complex facility which has Todaiji Library, Todaiji Museum, Treasure House, History of Todaiji Research Center, Kegon Studies Research Center, Kinsho Hall, a gift shop and cafe. The origins of Todaiji lie in a temple called Kinshoji which was founded in 728 for the repose of the spirit of Crown Prince Motoi, son of Emperor Shomu (r. 724-749). Todaiji today preserves many precious cultural treasures from the temple's past, yet it also is a treasure house of traditional Buddhist rituals such as the Shuni-e held at the Nigatsu-do. Many people from throughout Japan and the world visit the temple to worship and pay their respects every year. The cultural center introduces the spirit of Emperor Shomu, teaching of Kegon which is the historical base of Todaiji, national treasures and important cultural properties.
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Todaiji Temple Cultural Center

Conference hall (Kinsho Hall)

Nara, Japan

Nara was the capital of Japan from 710 to 784, and has many historical shrines and temples containing national treasures. The 17th UNESCO General Assembly in 1972 adopted the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. The World Heritage sites located in Nara Prefecture are as follows:The Buddhist Monuments in the Horyuji Temple Area (Horyuji Temple and Hokkiji Temple), first registered in Japan in December, 1993; Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara (Todaiji Temple, Kofukuji Temple, Kasuga Taisha Shrine, Kasugayama Primeval Forest, Gangoji Temple, Yakushiji Temple, Toshodaiji Temple and Heijo Palace Site) registered in December, 1998; and the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range registered in July, 2004. The Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range cuts across Nara, Wakayama and Mie Prefectures. In Nara Prefecture, the Yoshino-Ohmine Hallow Grounds (Mt. Yoshino, Yoshino-Mikumarijinja Shrine, Kimpujinja Shrine, Kimpusenji Temple, Yoshimizujinja Shrine and Ohminesenji Temple) and the Pilgrimage Roads (Ohmine-Okugakemichi, including Tamakijinja Shrine and Kumano-Sankei-Michi Kohechi). are included in the World Heritage site. Why not try your hands on this historical culture, cultivated beyond time and space? We look forward to seeing you in Nara Prefecture! Presently, there are 911 World Heritage sites registered in the whole world. 14 are in Japan out of which 3 are located in Nara Prefecture alone.

Historical places in Nara
The climate in early April in Nara is usually mild or cool. The average (daytime) temperature is around 15 (20) degrees C. From late March to early April, cherry blossoms (Sakura) are in full bloom. The exact timing varies from year to year.

Sakura in Hasedera Temple

Cafe in the conference site

Part of pictures are porived by Nara Visitors Bureau.