Kamakura Museum of National Treasures, Kamakura

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The Kamakura Museum of National Treasures or Kamakura Museum or Kamakura National Treasure House is a museum located on the grounds of Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū in Yukinoshita, Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. The museum houses around 4800 objects from the Kamakura region including sculptures, paintings and industrial art objects. Most of these works originate from the Kamakura and Muromachi periods, spanning from the 12th to the 16th century. Some of the items were produced in China and imported to Japan.NameThe term "National Treasure" in the museum's name refers to "old" National Treasures of Japan, term which denoted all the state-designated Cultural Properties of Japan before the Law for the Protection of Cultural Properties came into force on August 29, 1950. All of the old national treasures became Important Cultural Properties and some of them have been designated as (new) National Treasures since June 9, 1951. From a current perspective the name refers to a museum housing both Important Cultural Properties and National Treasures.HistoryThe Kamakura Museum of National Treasure was founded in April 1928 to protect important art works after the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake. The building, which was constructed in the same year, was modeled after the Shōsōin treasure house of Tōdai-ji, Nara. During World War II, in June 1945, part of the collection was evacuated to Kushikawa in Tsukui District in the northwestern part of Kamakura, and the museum was temporarily closed between August and October 1945. The items which had been moved returned in May 1946.
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  • This well worth visit if you are at the Hachimangu Shrine. The sculpture in particular is a vivid representing of the Kamakura School. Quite exquisite and extraordinary.  more »
  • Here is where many of the priceless sculptures from nearby temples have been collected. The Kamakura period features highly realistic wood carved sculptures that are as expressive and artistic as thos...  more »
  • The 3/21 stayed at Hostels in Kamakura. During the next day visited the crane-Hachiman shrine, second son entered the orphanage. Our husband and wife waited for in chairs set up at the entrance. Sightseeing in Kamakura, in the family and at 300 yen per person quadruple and 1200 yen, have repeated this, and soon becomes more than 10000 yen. So this facility, do not entry only son. We are sitting on a Chair at the entrance and waited. In particular, staff will not be frowned. Crane-Hachiman shrine, a lot of tourists, but this place is really quiet location, just around the corner only that tourists have to become mysterious feelings.
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  • This museum is a great place and located inside an amazing park/temple/shrine area.
  • Good collection and location. Need some more English explanations in the exhibits.
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  • Saw the Buddha and Ukiyo-e. It was very good. Should be finished in about 40 minutes.
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  • The location should always go when you go to tsurugaoka Hachiman shrine. Place the hands still found Buddhist temple.
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