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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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  • The main collection of Nara National Museum has an amazing collection of ancient Buddha statues and other Buddhist artifacts. If you are really into the history you could spend a day there. We spent l...  more »
  • His Buddhist statues were all carved from wood with many overlaid with gold. Amazing that so many have survived. Quite detailed and creative.  more »
  • Prior to visit to Nara Park, we also paid visit to the National Museum with exhibitions on Japanese Buddhism. It was an impressive collection particularly with the help of audio guide explanation all ...  more »
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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 :)
  • A beautiful museum with changing exhibitions. When I was there it was an exhibition focused on Buddha.