Nara National Museum, Nara

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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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  • August 15, 2017
    The building of the important cultural asset in the design of the pavilion designed by Tokuma Katayama. Statues of Nara, that as well as the masterpieces, but unfortunately don't know to my layman's attractions. We recommend using because there are free guided tours. Might want to visit, time to check in advance.  Explain the attractions. A Chinese collector who donated to an annex (Shang dynasty era mainly) of has as well as the bronze age, but also volunteers, so if you have questions ask.  What would you ask there, and I'm glad. Cheap rates only if using existing bedding.
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  • August 6, 2017
    NARA National Museum was once housed most of the principal Buddha image of the Temple of Nara Prefecture as the Imperial Museum of Nara. From very large space Buddha image is housed in a closely eventually returned to the original temple Buddha, Nara National Museum after World War II from a collection primarily non-Buddhist cultural heritage. Today, Nara National Museum is exclusively known in the exhibition of shōsōin treasures of once a year.
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  • August 4, 2017
    In a glassed-in entrance, right to a locker in the luggage deposit, through the wresting, climb up to the second floor and had started from genshin's exhibition. The treasure six pictures as well when I was a kid "lie, Yama pulled out tongue!" and is what has been said, but even there the picture.
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  • May 11, 2017
    Should be renamed the Nara Buddhism museam instead. Stay away unless you have a strong interest in Buddhism. Full of the same colourless statues and barely different poses. The audio guide is not useful for those without a Buddhist background. And be aware that the delicious pancakes sell out by 3.
  • February 18, 2017
    An amazing look into the Buddhist history of Japan with many artefacts going as far back as the 8th century. Worth the price of entrance (especially if you are a university student).
  • March 10, 2017
    the cafe serves excellent pancakes, i'm a pancake aficionado and has tasted pancakes across Osaka. the pancake served in this humble cafe beats it all, hands down.
  • May 14, 2017
    A free bucks to go in. Nice museum with friendly locals who are out for your lunch :)
  • June 21, 2017
    The Buddhist sculpture gallery is superb as long as you appreciate Buddhist sculpture.

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Where to stay in Nara

The historic city of Nara has a welcome number of accommodations for an urban area of its importance and popularity. Close to the main train station stand the main high-rise hotels in the city, all towering over the commercial and modern district that greets train travelers on arrival. To the east, things get a little more luxurious, with hotels close to Nara Park particularly well-appointed and rich in additional facilities. Standard hotels stand in a cluster to the southeast of the old palace ruins, while a number of pleasant, no-frills guesthouses can be found in the residential suburbs.
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