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Nara - Museums

Nara-Machi (below) Nara-Machi is said to be the oldest town in Nara and private houses of the 19th century are well preserved and still in use. The Nara-Machi Museum and other establishments show the lives of ordinary people in Nara-Machi. Visit Nara-Machi, and you will see aspects of Nara beyond its role as an ancient capital.

Nara National Museum Opened in 1895, the Nara National Museum is one of the famous national museums in Japan, equivalent to those in Tokyo and Kyoto, and displays a large collection of Buddhist art. The Museum is also famous for Buddhist research and study. It hosts the ’Exhibition of Shoso-in Repository’ every fall.
Volunteer Museum guides are available in the exhibition hall to explain the items on display, four times a day (at 10:00, 11:00, 14:00 and 15:00). Each tour takes 30 minutes and is free of charge.

Nara Prefectural Museum Opened in 1972, the Museum holds a donated collection of arts from the Edo Period (17th century) through to the present. The collection of approx. 4,200 items includes Ukiyo-e by such famous artists of the Edo Period as ’Toshusai Sharaku’, ’Kitagawa Utamaro’ and ’Katsushika Hokusai, as well as other paintings and sculptures closely related to Nara Prefecture. A special exhibition is held in spring and winter.

 

 
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