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Nara National Museum, Nara
(4.2/5 based on 240+ 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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  • The only unique works of art, artifacts, archives, etc. are exhibited. 1300 years ago, well I'll just to admire what did something like this, and it is. As compared to the other just only one and too much less, what was there and of not thinking. So can feel deeply for the first time, go a couple of times I thought.
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  • I went to see the Shigi mountains Engi emaki. Whenever you come, the shoso-in exhibition other than a moderate turnout, so you can work slowly. Peek at the Museum Shop is a fun one.
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  • We were awed by the different statues of Buddhism Culture. So many were displayed. II wrote them down so I can google them after. Awesome! 
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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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