Nara National Museum

Nara, Kansai

The Nara National Museum is located in Nara Koen, a park around which are the temples Todai-ji and Kofuku-ji and the shrine Kasuga-taisha. The museum is distinguished by its focus on collecting and preserving cultural properties, including old works of art with a deep connection to Buddhism, and archaeological relics. To help visitors understand Buddhist art, the museum concentrates on a genealogical presentation of Buddhism and the transformation of Buddhism. Just as western art is much influenced by Christianity, so is Japanese art by Buddhism. Thus no discussion of Japanese art is complete without reference to Buddhism. Learning about developments in Buddhist art offers a glimpse of Japanese history. Visitors can also find out more about the history of Buddhism itself through exhibits showing the distribution of temples by age.


50 Nobori-Oji-cho, Nara-shi, Nara
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Open until 8:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays) (Last admission 30 minutes before closing)
* Hours may change according to the exhibition
Admission Fee
520 yen (regular fee), Special exhibitions require a separate admission fee
Mondays (if the Monday is a national holiday, the following day), New Year's Day (January 1)
[Walk]Kintetsu Nara Stn. / 15-min. walk

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