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Nara National Museum, Nara

(4.2/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web)
Understand Buddhist art’s deep impact on Japanese history and culture at Nara National Museum, nestled in a scenic park of Japan’s former capital city. The museum specializes on the development of various Buddhist styles and features an impressive collection of sculptures from the Asuka, Nara, Heian, and Kamakura periods, the most complete in the country. Set in a modern, Western-style, Meiji-period building, the museum also boasts a large collection of paintings, scrolls, calligraphy, sutras, mandalas, and masks, telling an informative story about Buddhism itself. Located in Nara Park, the museum lies a 15-minute walk from Kintetsu Nara station. Use our Nara vacation planner to visit Nara National Museum on your trip to Nara, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • I went to the Buddha Hall. From a small gilt bronze Buddha various Buddha, big Buddha, bodhisattva, 12 divine generals travellers will surely be impressed.
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  • Very impressive collection and display. Highly recommend renting Audio guide which was concise and informative.  more »
  • I think in the smallest of four national museums. Is modelled on the shape of the Shosoin is or as a Museum of bad usability was difficult to route. Is supposed to be pretty crowded when the exhibition of shōsōin treasures, operation is very good but I do not. Exhibition of 混mni you think it shouldn't be a problem.
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  • Fine museum, maybe a little small
  • Great museum, the history of this building and unusual architecture for this area is a story in itself.
  • 資料が膨大で見るのに時間がかかる
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  • From 10/22 till 11/7 held 68 exhibition of shōsōin treasures. 64 treasures and manuscripts, 9 is premiered. Adult 1,100 yen admission fee at the permanent exhibition (if the Buddha Museum and bronze Museum) also can be enjoyed.
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