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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  • We arrived at this Museum walking through the Nara Park between visiting various temples and were impressed by the Nice pond outside and the flowerbed with all branches entwined; We then traveled to make tickets to visit the Interior intrigued by what we could find. Unfortunately we were not allowed to take any pictures or documentation of the visit (usual nonsense of some admin that thinks it's clever); We found many interesting things, from antique China at votive figurines of various materials (bronze and gold for the most part, if I remember correctly), we then also visited a Hall where they were statues and other sculptures, several busts were also present in adjacent halls and all obviously related to Japan and its history. After the visit, before going to visit some other attraction we visited the gift shop present in the subplan (nothing exceptional) and bar (quite poor).
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  • Architect's Engineering Department college graduation year of Tokuma Katayama. Has been classified as belonging to France. Are designed after the Akasaka State Guest House. Appearance of the Nara Hotel made this unsuitable for this museum is the city of Nara in very open to criticism it is because now that is said to become a Japan. Incidentally, Nara Hotel designers have designed Tokyo station Tatsuno kingo. Tatsuno Katayama as well as the Engineering Department College graduated from year 4 of one. Knowing this background, look at this building, and very interesting.
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  • This museum has a strong focus on Buddhist art, particularly during the Nara and Heian periods. The crown jewel is the large gallery of Buddhist statues housed in the new wing. Must see if you are int...  more »
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