Nara Park is located near the center of northern part of Nara Prefecture, and has many sights such as Todaiji Temple, Kofukuji Temple and Kasuga Taisha Shrine. There is “Nara National Museum” in the immediate vicinity. Here, the Buddhist art exhibit boasts the best quality and quantity in the country, and a number of representative Buddha statues of each period are exhibited. The fulfilling exhibition contents that can not be readily seen in other museums are worth seeing. The museum consists of four galleries. There are “Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall” where many excellent Buddha statues are displayed, “Ritual Bronzes Gallery” exhibiting Chinese ancient bronze ware, “West Side of New Wing” and “East Side of New Wing” which perform special exhibitions.
“Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall” displays numerous precious Buddha statues from the Asuka period to the Kamakura period. It is popular as a domestic museum, the most fulfilling Buddha image display. In addition, buildings themselves designated as important cultural properties are drawing attention. This building is the first full-scale Western style building in Nara completed in 1894. Design by Tokuma Katayama who worked for Akasaka Rikyu Palace etc. It is a style of French Renaissance elevation period. The decoration around the entrance is excellent in design, it can be said to be representative as a European style building in the middle of Meiji period.
The “underground corridor” connecting “Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall” and “New Wing” is a free zone that can be entered freely by non-viewers. There are museum shops and restaurants, and you can take a break. At the museum shop, original goods are enriched, including catalogs of exhibitions. Here, items such as goods designed lovely Buddha statues, handkerchiefs and mirrors designed treasures, etc. are available only here. Many goods suitable for souvenirs are sold.
Nara National Museum is in Nara Park, adjacent to Todai-ji Temple, Kofuku-ji Temple, Kasuga Taisha Shrine. And it is domestic first-rate Buddhist art Museum displaying a lot of national treasures and important cultural properties.
Focusing on Buddhist art, the noted articles of sculpture, pictures, and the craft are collected, a lot of precious cultural assets which are indispensable to a study and appreciation of the Buddhist art are exhibited.
It consists of a main building and an east-and-west new building, the main building is a modern European-style building, which is designated as the important cultural property, built by Meiji Era. There is also a special exhibition in spring and autumn, and the Shosoin exhibition is opened in autumn. The fine-arts data research center of the annex was built in 1895, and it is designated as national specification important tangible cultural properties.
The east new building is used as for the hall of a special exhibition, the Shosoin (a treasure storehouse in the ‘Todai-ji’ temple) exhibition, and a small-scale exhibition, and in the west new building, the handwriting, the handicraft, the archaeological article are exhibited. At the books corner of the first floor, there are books of 300 volumes, such as fine-arts complete works, and there is a Japanese garden, a tearoom, etc.
The underground corridor of the Nara National Museum is a space which can be studied in more detail about Buddhist art with the replica of Buddha statue and the description photograph panel, etc. Moreover, the original goods of Nara National Museum are obtained in the popular “Museum Shop”.
In addition, on the first floor of the west new building, the computer terminal which introduces high definition pictures of the national treasure possessed by this museums, and the information about cultural assets is offered.
|Name:||Nara National Museum|
|Address:||Nara National Museum 50 Noborioji-cho Nara city 630-8213 Japan|
|Access:||Kintetsu Nara-sen Line “Kintetsu Nara-eki Station” (15 minutes walk)|
|Price:||520 yen (Adult)
260 yen (College Students)
Free (High School and Below)
Please refer the official web page.