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Nara National Museum
It is Japan’s second-oldest national museum. It houses many national treasures and important cultural properties, mainly Buddhist art, and you can learn about the rich history and culture behind it.
This museum opened in 1895 as the second national museum in Japan. It houses many national treasures and important cultural properties such as Buddhist statues and objects, mainly Japanese Buddhist art from the Asuka to the Kamakura period. It is located in a corner of Nara Park, surrounded by Todaiji Temple, Kofukuji Temple, and Kasuga Taisha Shrine, visitors can learn about Buddhist art and the rich history and culture behind it in a relaxing environment.
“Exhibitions from the Permanent Collection” are held throughout the year. In the “Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall”, approximately 100 Buddhist statues are exhibited. It is the most extensive collection of Buddhist statues in Japan, and visitors can appreciate the high level of delicate techniques used. The elegant structure has been designated as an important cultural property as a Western-style building representing the mid-Meiji period.
The annual “Shoso-in Treasures” exhibition in the autumn is one of the main attractions. Some of the treasures preserved in Shoso-in, the warehouse of Todaiji Temple, including Emperor Shomu’s most beloved possessions, are on display. Since the theme of the exhibition changes every year, the exhibits are selected from among approximately 9,000 treasures, and visitors can see the different treasures each year.
There is a museum shop and restaurant, as well as a “Buddhist Art Library” with a wide range of resources and is open to the public with reservations on Wednesdays and Fridays. In addition, guided tours of the exhibitions and facilities are available, and various events and workshops are held on an irregular basis, offering visitors a variety of ways to enjoy the museum.
The museum houses one of the largest collections of Buddhist art in Japan.
It is located in Nara Park, where visitors can appreciate the charm of Buddhist art in a relaxing environment.
The structure of “Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall” has been designated as an important cultural property as a Western-style building representing the mid-Meiji period.
The annual “Shoso-in Treasures” exhibition in the autumn displays treasures from the Shoso-in, which are normally closed to the public.
- Name in Japanese
- Postal Code
- 50 Noboriojicho, Nara City, Nara
- 050-5542-8600（Hello Dial Service）
Mondays (or the following day when Monday is national holiday),
December 28-January 1
*Varies by facility
- Business Hours
9:30am-5:00pm（Admission allowed until 4:30pm）
*special exhibitions have different hours of operation.
Adults 700 yen, College students 350 yen, High school students and under 18 years old are free
*additional charges for special exhibitions may apply.
1) 15-minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station,
2) From Kintetsu Nara Station or JR Nara Station, take the Nara City Loop Line clockwise on the Nara Kotsu Bus and get off at Himuro-Jinja/Kokuritsu-Hakubutsukan bus stop.
- Credit Cards
- Accepted (Visa, JCB, American Express, Diners Club, DISCOVER)
- Official Website
- Official Website (English)