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. With our online itinerary creator, Nara attractions like Nara National Museum can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • This museum is exclusively for Japanese Buddhist artefacts and art. I enjoyed the sculpture wing the most. Worth a visit if you’re in Nara.  more »
  • [Kasuga Taisha Shrine] of Omotesando "Kasuga loading Chaya-Torii Kazuyuki" among the [plain tea] and [vine Chaya] of midpoints [Institute] and would seem central tower with gable as the same building with the roof of the Pavilion-roof from East to West and architectural look reminiscent of the Uji byodoin This [Research Center for Buddhist art (old NARA & Show Office) the country designated important cultural properties design: s. sekine (pupil of kingo Tatsuno)] is. General appearance would have been studying Buddhist art can be allowed inside, but only because buildings in Nara that you can watch the beautiful [Kasuga Taisha Shrine] on we recommend you posted look will be watching that. This time before sunset and after dark "Kasuga-Taisha Shrine and setsubun 10,000 Lantern" of beautiful appearance that lit up after sunset but have watched home twice in one word (see photo attached), we recommend can be stopped if you happen to walk by after dark in the event of any.
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  • We love museums. Could have paid a visit but don't have enough time in our short visit to Nara, We saw tourists endeared more on the deer roaming this place.  more »

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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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