Art Museum Spots in Nara Area

  • Nara Prefectural Museum of Art
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    3.5
    29 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Narashi Noboriojichou 10-6
    This is an art museum along Prefectural Route 754 in Noborioji Town, Nara City. They opened in 1973 based on the collection of Japanese-style paintings, ukiyo-e wood block prints and handicrafts of Edo Period donated by Kanpo Yoshikawa, a student of study of folklore history and Japanese-style painter. Since then through donations from all over they have collected around 4,100 pieces of art and crafts from the Kamakura Period to the modern day. They hold special exhibitions related to the history of Nara, and art exhibitions as exchanges with international art museums.

    The National museum was closed for more than 1 month due to exhibit change over. We were sent here instead which had a super show on a well known Japanese painter with an all inclusive one man...

  • Irie Taikichi Memorial Museum of Photography Nara City
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    4.0
    44 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Narashi Takabatakechou 600-1
    This is a photo gallery next to Shin-Yakushi-ji Temple in Takabatake Town, Nara City. The gallery possesses the entire 80,000 item collection of photographer Irie Taikichi, known for capturing the various Yamato scenery around Nara, and holds exhibitions based around these works and also the work of amateurs. The building itself, a work of architect Kisho Kurokawa, is another highlight and represents the importance of harmony with the environment.

    Located slightly away from the main sights, this photography museum hosts temporary exhibitions throughout the year. At the time of my visit it was showing two interesting exhibitions:Irie...

  • Shouhaku Art Museum
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Narashi Tomigaoka 2-1-4
    The Shouhaku Art Museum is located close to the Obuchi Pond in Tomigaoka 2-chome, Nara City. It was opened in 1994 thanks to works donated by Shoko Uemura and Atsushi Uemura. The collection of Nihonga (Japanese-style paintings) on display spans three generations from Shoen Uemura who was the first woman to receive the Order of Culture, to Shoko Uemura and Atsushi Uemura.

    This museum is supposed to house a collection of works by Uemura Shoen and her family. I imagine this is the reason most people visit. Beware to check the exhibit before visiting. On my visit the...

  • The Museum Yamato Bunkakan
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Narashi Gakuenminami 1-11-6
    The Namako-style walls of The Museum Yamato Bunkakan are evocative of the architecture of the Momoyama Period. Its corridors are supported by imposing wooden framework reminiscent of the kitchen of a Zen monastery, while the soft light from the paper screen doors gives the interior a dignified atmosphere. The museum's collection, which centers primarily on paintings, writings, sculptures, ceramics, lacquer work, metalwork, textiles, and glasswork from Japan, China, and Korea, includes four National Treasures, 31 Important Cultural Properties, and 14 important art objects. The museum also holds exhibits on various themes and is a place where beautiful seasonal flowers can be enjoyed all year long.

    Yamato Bunkakan is a museum of cultural objects and fin arts. It is neither too big, nor too small, and as it is usually not crowded, you can appreciate the exhibit in a tranquil ambience. It is just...

  • Todaiji Museum
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    Nara Pref. Narashi Suimonchou 100
    A museum situated inside the Todaiji Culture Center in Nara City, Nara Prefecture which preserves and displays the treasures of the Todaiji Temple. Through designated National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties, you can learn about the history of the Todaiji and the thinking of the people involved in the temple since its founding, as well as the significance of the Todaiji temple itself. The museum displays a variety of sculptures, calligraphy works, and handicrafts by era, including Nikko and Gakko Bosatsu Ritsuzo (standing statues of Suryaprabha and Candraprabha), designated National Treasures; and an Important Cultural Property-designated Senju Kannon Bosatsu standing figure of a thousand-armed Kannon. The museum also holds special exhibitions.
  • Isuien Garden & Neiraku Museum
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    Nara Pref. Narashi Suimonchou 74
    This is the only “chisen-kaiyu-shiki teien” or pond strolling garden in Nara City, Isuien Garden consists of two gardens built during the Edo period and the Meiji period. Its appeal lies in the fact that you can comfortably appreciate the Nara-like landscape in a peaceful location with Tōdai-ji’s Great South Gate, Mt. Wakakusa, Mt. Kasugaokuyama and Mt. Mikasa. The Neiraku Museum which is located within the park holds and exhibits fine art such as antique Chinese bronzeware, and Chinese, Korean and Japanese ceramics and porcelain.
  • Nara Prefecture Complex of Man’yo Culture
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    Nara Pref. Takaichigunasukamura Asuka 10
    This cultural museum focuses on the Manyoshu ancient collection of Japanese poetry as well as other classical culture. There's the Japanese Painting Exhibition Hall which has a variety of exhibitions centered around Manyo Japanese paintings, the Manyo Theater where you can experience the Manyo world through music and light, as well as the Special Exhibition Hall where you can see replicas of artifacts from the Asukaike Workshop archeological site discovered on the premises. There are also the Manyo Library and Information Room, Museum Shop, and Manyo Garden located onsite.
  • Kita Modern Art Museum
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    Nara Sakurai-shi Kanaya 730
    This art museum opened in 1988. The museum primarily displays works of art ranging from works by end of the 19th century Impressionists to adherents of concrete art, including Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Yuzo Saeki, Kunitaro Suda, Tsuguharu Foujita, Maurice Utrillo, Andy Warhol, Donald Judd, the Art & Language group, and Jasper Johns. The museum's standing exhibition consists of a broad selection of art covering everything from Impressionism to concrete and contemporary art, and the facility is visited by large numbers of people.
  • Nakano Museum of Art
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    Nara Nara-shi Ayameikeminami 9-946-2
    This art museum is located in 9-Chome Ayameikeminami, Nara City. The museum's collection primarily consists of early modern Japanese Western- and Japanese-style paintings accumulated by Nara forestry business owner Kanji Nakano. In addition to a standing exhibition, the museum holds artist and themed exhibitions using the pieces in its collection. Visitors can also enjoy the scenery of adjoining Kaerumata Pond.
  • Nara City Museum of Calligraphy in Honour of Kason Sugioka
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    Nara Nara-shi Wakidocho 3
    This art museum is located in Wakido-cho, Nara City. Dedicated to calligraphic art, the museum was established with a donation of works of art by Kason Sugioka, a Nara-born calligrapher and master of kana calligraphy. The museum holds calligraphic art exhibitions throughout the year, with special exhibitions in the spring and fall and exhibitions of items in its collection in summer and winter. The museum also holds lectures and courses.
  • Neiraku Art Museum
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    3.0
    13 Reviews
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    Nara Nara-shi Suimoncho 74

    The main attraction are the gardens. The museum is just a complement with a very small collection. We entered the place to avoid the rain and it was just ok.

  • Nara tatu irieyasushikichikinen Nara Shashin Art Museum
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    3.0
    1 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Narashi Takabatakechou 600-1

    新薬師寺の近くにある奈良市写真美術館の中にあるカフェです。 この辺りは初めて来たのですが、とても閑静な住宅街です。どこかでゆっくりしたいなぁと思い、この写真美術館が入場自由(有料のスペースもあり)と書いてあったので入ったら中にこのカフェがありました。 とても静かで窓も大きくかつ眩しくなく、緑のお庭を見ながらのんびりできます。 ケーキは二種類で、この日はマンゴーフロマージュとチョコマーブルシフォン...

  • Kawa Kami Sonritutakumino village
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    2.0
    1 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Yoshinogunkawakamimura Unogawa 135

    過去に一度泊まった時は愛想も良かったしサービスも良かったが、今は最低でした。 まず受付で待っているのを見ているのに他の用事が終わるまで無視され、あげくには対応にくるなり「お待たせしました」もなし。次の日が写真の表彰式か何か知らないが「カフェが使えません」と言われた。 風呂は車で10分走った場所に杉の湯という天然温泉があるのですが、こちらも本日はボイラーが壊れているから天然温泉じゃなく普通の風呂です...

  • Nara Art Museum
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    Nara Nara-shi Nijoojiminami 1-3-1 Minara 5F
  • Gallery Asuka
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    Nara Takaichi-gun Asukamura Hirata 260
  • Gallery Kami no Kura
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    Nara Nara-shi Tsunofuricho 24

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With a reputation almost as stellar as that of Kyoto, Nara is a must-visit for those searching for the remains of "traditional Japan." The largely green Nara city holds the majority of the prefecture's treasures, such as the iconic Todai-ji Temple, in which a 15-meter tall Great Buddha sits, and Nara Park, where deer flock to befriend passersby. While mountains are by no means hard to come by in this area, for hiking with a reward, head to the Kii Mountains' Yoshino district in spring, when the hillsides put on an impressive display of white and pink cherry blossoms.

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