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This expansion and subsequent struggle of power made Nara the most powerful and most hottly contested region in Japan.
The result was the establishment of the Yamato Imperial Court as the capital of Japan.
Nara, since the move of the Yamato Imperial Court, has not been involved in major Japanese historical events. Yet because of Nara's climate and the fertility of the land, Nara has remained throughout the ages an area of interest and power.
Nara Prefecture is loaced in the middle of the Kii peninsula on the western half of Honshu, Japan. Nara Prefecture is part of the Kansai region, or Kinki region of Japan. Nara Prefecture is landlocked. The northern plains of the prefecture are bounded by the tallest mountains in the Kansai, located in the south of the prefecture. Nara is bordered to the west by Wakayama prefecture and Osaka prefecture; on the north by Kyoto prefecture and Aichi prefecture, and on the east by Mie prefecture. Despite being in the middle of Japan, Nara is one of Japan's warmest prefectures; snow is a rarity in Nara, although there is some accumulation in the southern mountains during the winter. Winter temperatures average about 5 C (with -10 C being a minimum). Summer in Nara is known for being hot and humid, with high temperatures ranging between 25 C in the mountains and 35 C in the northern plains. Nara takes pride in being one of the hottest prefectures in all of Japan.
Spring and fall are both temperate and beautiful. Yoshino Mountain has been popular both historically and presently for its beautiful cherry blossoms in the spring. In the fall, the southern mountains are equally beautiful with the changing of the oak trees.