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593 CE: The Buddhist Gango-ji temple, the oldest in Japan, is founded at Asuka.
607 CE: The Horyuji Buddhist temple is built in Nara, Japan during the reign of Regent Prince Shotoku.
670 CE: Many structures at the Buddhist Horyuji monastery in Nara, Japan are destroyed by fire.
707 CE - 715 CE: Reign of Empress Gemmei in Japan.
710 CE: The buildings of the Buddhist Horyuji monastery in Nara, Japan are rebuilt.
710 CE: The Buddhist Kofukuji temple is established at Nara, main temple of the Japanese Fujiwara clan.
710 CE: The Japanese capital is moved from Fujiwara-kyo to Nara (aka Heijokyo).
710 CE: Date favoured by historians for the founding of the Kasuga Taisha Shinto shrine at Nara, Japan.
710 CE - 784 CE: Nara is the capital of ancient Japan.
710 CE - 794 CE: The Nara Period in ancient Japan.
711 CE: The Fushimi Inari shrine, dedicated to the Shinto rice god Inari, is founded near Kyoto.
712 CE: The Kojiki is written, a collection of oral myths forming the basis of the Shinto religion.
713 CE: The Japanese Fudoki are composed and record local kami and associated legends.
715 CE - 724 CE: Reign of Empress Gensho in Japan.
718 CE: The Buddhist Gango-ji temple is relocated from Asuka to Nara in Japan.
718 CE: Yakushiji temple is relocated from Fujiwara-kyo to Nara.
720 CE: The Nihon Shoki is written, a collection of oral myths forming the basis of the Shinto religion.
724 CE - 749 CE: Reign of Emperor Shomu in Japan.
735 CE - 737 CE: Japan suffers two smallpox epidemics which kills 25-35% of the population.
739 CE: The Hall of Dreams or Yumedono is built at the Buddhist monastery of Horyuji, Nara, Japan.
740 CE: A rebellion led by the Fujiwara exile Hirotsugu is quashed by Emperor Shomu.
747 CE: A statue of Hachiman is ceremoniously transferred from the Shinto Usa shrine to the Buddhist Todaiji shrine in Nara, Japan.
749 CE - 758 CE: First reign of Empress Koken in Japan.
751 CE: The Kaifuso anthology of Japanese poems is compiled.
752 CE: The Buddhist Todaiji temple is founded at Nara, Japan.
758 CE - 764 CE: Reign of emperor Junnin in Japan.
759 CE: The Manyoshu or 'Collection of 10,000 Leaves' is written, an important Shinto source and classic of Japanese poetry.
759 CE: The Buddhist Toshodai-ji temple is founded at Nara, Japan by the monk Ganjin.
764 CE - 770 CE: Second reign of Empress Koken, now known as Shotoku, in Japan.
768 CE: Official founding date of the Kasuga Taisha Shinto shrine at Nara, Japan.
770 CE - 781 CE: Reign of Emperor Konin in Japan.
781 CE - 806 CE: Reign of Emperor Kammu in Japan.
784 CE: Emperor Kammu moves the Japanese capital from Nara to Nagaokakyo.
785 CE: Saicho establishes the first Buddhist shrine at what would become the Enryakuji temple complex on Mt. Hiei, Japan.
794 CE: Emperor Kammu moves the Japanese capital to Heiankyo (Kyoto).
841 CE: Hunting and tree-felling are prohibited in the forests around the Kasuga Taisha temple, Nara, Japan.
990 CE: The Lecture Hall at the Buddhist monastery of Horyuji in Nara, Japan is built.
1135 CE: The Wakamiya Jinja shrine is founded at Kasuga Taisha, Nara, Japan.
1180 CE: The Todaiji Temple at Nara is destroyed by fire during the Genpei War.
1195 CE: The Todaiji temple at Nara, Japan, is restored by the Minamoto clan.
1528 CE: Most of Yakushiji temple in Nara is destroyed by fire but the East Pagoda survives.
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