In year of 2010, Nara will have the 1300th anniversary event through out the year everywhere in Nara.
Nara is the oldest capital of Japan(unofficially in 5th century, officially from 710AD) before Kyoto.
Remaining most of the mountain part and Nara park, Nara is still the old home for Japanese people and welcomes many tourists through out the year.
The Nara place site is still protected and now government is trying to rebulid main hall as the same way they built in 8C.
There are three world heritage site(old temples area, Yoshino and Kumano for monks' training path) which are nowadays lively with peole living their daily lives.
Please visit Nara in 2010 if you have chance to come to Japan or for those who live in Japan, defenetly should visit to feel the old culture!