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Todai-ji Museum is a facility that opened in 2011 and exhibits national treasures and important cultural properties. Here, visitors can learn the history and culture of the bygone days. The museum exhibits precious art works owned by Todai-ji such as Buddha statues, paintings, and masks. It is located near Naidai-mon (gate) in the precincts of Todai-ji (temple) and its easy access attracts quite a few visitors. The joint ticket for both Todai-ji and Todai-ji Museum is recommended as you can learn a lot more about Japan's historic past.
- 100 Suimoncho, Nara-shi, Nara
- Contact No.
- 4 min by Nara Kotsu city loop bus from Kintetsu Nara station. Get off at Daibutsuden-Kasugataisha-mae. Walk 5 minutes from the bus stop. 4 min by Nara Kotsu city loop bus from JR Nara station. Get off at Daibutsuden-Kasugataisha-mae. Walk 5 minutes from the bus stop.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- 9:30-until the gate of Todai-ji Daibutsu-den closes (gate closes at 16:30 from November to February, 17:00 in March, 17:30 from April to September, 17:00 in October)
Open all year round
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 60 minutes
- Admission fee
- Adults (Junior high school student and over) 800 yen, Elementary school students 400 yen
※ 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.
Although the exhibits change from time to time, some precious national treasures are always on display. In the past, special exhibitions such as a look back at the history of Todai-ji or strictly focusing on one national treasure have been held. There are five rooms in the museum and each of them has displays based on varying themes.
A Full Scale Model of a Buddha Hand
There is a statue of a hand as big as about 1.5 m at the entrance of the museum. It is a full scale model of the hand of the Buddha statue in Todai-ji Kondo. You can feel how big it is if you stand right next to it. It is also a good photo spot.
After learning the history at Todai-ji Museum, how about visiting Todai-ji too? The knowledge of history and culture you got from the museum will enable you to fully appreciate the magnificence of this temple. It is a good idea to prepare yourself at the museum to understand Todai-ji better.