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Art Museum Spots in Nara Area

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Irie Taikichi Memorial Museum of Photography Nara City
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    4.0
    42 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. 

    Its a bit of a walk from the main sites, but well worth it. There were two excellent exhibits and the building itself is contemplative and beautifully done. There was also a bird exhibit possibly...

  • 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...

  • 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
    17 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.

    学園前駅から住宅街を歩いて数分で到着しました。敷地は広く、池を眺められる立地に庭園が設けられており、庭園散策も楽しめました。 美術館の建物は個性的な外壁で、展示スペースもゆったりとした作りでした。そのため、展示されている作品は少ないように思えました。

  • Nakano Art Museum
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    5.0
    1 Reviews
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    Nara Nara-shi Ayameikeminami 9-946-2

    ここは蛙股池を間に挟んで大和文華館と向き合っている。この美術館は林業で財を成した中野皖司が収集したコレクションを基に1974年開館。ここは靴を脱いで入館。入って左手が広目の洋画展示室。全てが日本家屋の壁にかけて鑑賞するに丁度良い手頃な大きさ。浅井忠、梅原龍三郎、岸田劉生、国吉康雄、熊谷守一、佐伯祐三、須田国太郎、関根正二、中川一政、中村彝、藤田嗣治、松本俊介、三岸好太郎、村山槐多、萬鉄五郎など錚々...

  • Kita Art Museum
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    5.0
    2 Reviews
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    Nara Sakurai-shi Kanaya 730

    喜多さんが個人的に集めたものを展示しているという美術館。山の上の道にある。珍しい展示内容なので歴史好きな人にはオススメ。

  • Gofusha
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    5.0
    1 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Pref. Narashi Suimonchou 45

    This is an art garally which has traditional Japanese architect style and beautiful garden with maple trees and moss.

  • Nara Sugiokakasonshodo Art Museum
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Narashi Wakidochou 3

    書道の美術館て、やっぱり難しいなあと思います。東京の書道博物館以来だけど、どう楽しんだらいいかわからない…

  • Nara Art Museum
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    2.5
    2 Reviews
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    Nara Nara-shi Nijoojiminami 1-3-1 Minara 5F

    市立美術館ならもう少し見応えのある展示をしてほしい。ミナーラが新しくなって期待しましたが、ダメでした。

  • 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
  • ALBIONartmuseum
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    Nara Kashihara-shi Naizencho 410-1

Nara Main Areas

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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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