Nara National Museum is focused on preserving the religious heritage of Japanese Buddhism. If you are looking to get an insight into how Buddhism became established in Nara, the museum offers presentations and guides of the major events that shaped the religion.
The Nara National Museum is accessible by train then by bus or on foot.
The museum is a 15-minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station or a 30-minute walk from the JR Nara Station.
Alternatively, you can take the City Loop Bus #2 from either station. Get off at the Himuro Shrine/National Museum bus stop which is right next to the museum.
As much a piece of art as the pieces within, the original building was designed by Katayama Tokuma. Famous for introducing French and Western artistic influences into Japanese architecture, his unique style led this building to be designated an Important Cultural Property.
The new wings and the passageway that links them have their displays. The passageway is a good chance to find out more about the construction of Buddhist art pieces through the detailed descriptions.
Visitors who are interested in Buddhist art will love the Buddhist Art Library section of the museum. Primarily used for research purposes, it houses an abundance of books, replicas, rubbings, and photographs documenting the history of the religion in Japan.