Nara National Museum
This garden, located next door to Isui-en (to the right as you enter), is a stunner. Originally a residence of the high priest of...
Isui-en & Neiraku Art Museum
This exquisite, contemplative Meiji-era garden features abundant greenery, ponds and walkways with stepping stones designed for you to...
Kōfuku-ji Nanen-dō Hall
Octagonal hall at the south side of Kōfuku-ji, first built in AD 813. The current reconstruction is circa 1789.
Adjacent to Nara-kōen and across from the Nara National Museum, this convenient collection of a dozen restaurants offers everything from...
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Nara National Museum information
This museum is devoted to Buddhist art and is divided into two sections. Built in 1894, the Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall & Ritual Bronzes Gallery contains a fine collection of butsu-zō (statues of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas). Buddhist images here are divided into categories, each with detailed English explanations for an excellent introduction to Mahayana Buddhist iconography. The newer East and West wings , a short walk away, contain the permanent collections (sculptures, paintings and calligraphy) and special exhibitions.
A special exhibition featuring the treasures of the Shōsō-in Hall, which holds the treasures of Tōdai-ji, is held from late October to early November (dates vary slightly each year). The exhibits include priceless items from the cultures along the Silk Road. This exhibit is well worth it, but be prepared for crowds. Admission is ¥1000.