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Nara National Museum奈良国立博物館

Museum / Science Museum

This is a museum which opened in Nara City in 1895. The “Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall (in the main building)” which was designed by the court architect, Katayama Tokuma is a Western-style architectural structure from the Meiji period and has been designated as an Important Cultural Property. There are four exhibition halls in the museum, with the museum’s collection focusing on Japanese Buddhist art from the Asuka period up until the Kamakura period. In addition, a great number of National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties are among the artifacts held and exhibited at the museum. The museum is famous for opening an exhibition of “Shosoin-ten” (Exhibition of Shosoin Treasures) in Autumn every year.


Nara Pref. Narashi Noboriojichou 50 (NaraArea)

phone 05055428600

9:30-17:00 (30 minutes closing the entrance)
[FridaySaturday] Specialty Exhibition/Special Display only 9:30-20:00

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Nara Pref. Narashi Noboriojichou 50 [ map ]
9:30-17:00 (30 minutes closing the entrance)
[FridaySaturday] Specialty Exhibition/Special Display only 9:30-20:00
Monday (The next day for Public holiday), 1/1
[Admission fee to view] General 520yen, University student 260yen ※ Special exhibition is additional fee Friday
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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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