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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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  • I tired of walking and trying to break it, I tried wearing a pair. However, it was very interesting and well I think a lot of exhibits, we recommend
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  • I normally review places like this before I part with my hard earned cash but there wasn't any signal so I talked it thru with my 17yr old son and 15yr old daughter, both culture vultures and decided ...  more »
  • I went to see "kaikei" exhibition. Was overwhelmed by the truly powerful. The permanent exhibition, was very impressive. You want to go again.
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  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • A free bucks to go in. Nice museum with friendly locals who are out for your lunch :)
  • 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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