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Nara National Museum
Nara National Museum is located in Nara Park and exhibits national treasures and important cultural properties. The museum has access to many precious art works because it preserves and manages the art works owned by temples and shrines in and around Nara. Its special exhibition “Shosoin-ten” is held annually in autumn. It attracts huge number of people and there can be seen a long line in front of the museum even before opening hours. The rare Buddha statues and paintings are worth seeing.
- 50 Noboriojicho, Nara-shi, Nara
- Contact No.
- 15-min walk from Exit B, C of Nara station on Kintetsu line.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- 9:30-17:00 (Open until 19:00 on Fridays from the end of April to the end of October. Opening hours can be extended due to the events in the neighborhood.)
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 90 minutes
- Admission fee
- Adults, 520 yen; University students, 260 yen, Free for high school students and younger visitors
※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
For the latest information, please check the official website for each spot.
National Treasure: Seated Statue of Yakushi Nyorai
This seated statue of Yakushi Nyorai was made around the 9th century and had been enshrined in Nyakuoji-sha in Kyoto. The face has large eyes with long slits and has features similar to Indian-style Buddha statues. The robe is draped elegantly creating a beautiful flow. Most of the statue was carved from a Japanese nutmeg tree.
National Treasure: Statue of Eleven-faced Kannon
Statue of eleven-faced Kannon was painted in the 12th century and is one of the precious paintings registered as a national treasure. Eleven faces each with a different expression such as a calm face, an angry face, a laughing face, and so on, are painted on top of the Kannon head. It is a beautiful recreation of the Kannon statue and is painted in a light pink hue and delicate detailed lines.
National Treasure: Jigoku Zoshi
Jigoku Zoshi is a hand scroll depicting Buddhist hells with drawings and compositions considered to be painted in the 12th century. Despite its horrific image, it somehow has a gentleness to it. The composition describes sins that will result in sending someone to hell. *These national treasures are not always on exhibit. Prior confirmation is required.