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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  • I went to see the Shokurain exhibition. It is still crowded very much from the morning to two o'clock in the afternoon. You can visit the shrine comfortably after four thirty in the evening.
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  • At a glance see, then surely many people suspect if the building with European architecture was designed by a Western architect. However, this magnificent building was built by a Japanese architect named Katayama Tokuma who specializes in French architecture. The function of the building also has nothing to do with Western cultures. In contrast, the building is a museum that displays the artwork/historical objects of Buddhism (about Buddhism).
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