Free Admissions to Nara’s Museums
Nara, the first capital of Japan, is offering free admission for international visitors to several of its fascinating museums. Beginning 6 September 2008, international visitors receive complimentary tickets to the museums simply by showing their passport at the entrance. Located only a 30 minute train ride from the central Kyoto, Nara embodies the very ancient Japanese culture that inspired today’s Kyoto.
Nara Museum of Art
A fine Ukiyo-e woodblock print collection from the 17th century is the highlight of the Museum’s collection. You’ll also see over 4,200 works of art including pieces by Hokusai, Sharaku and Utamaro, as well as other artists who produced Nara-related art.
Nara Complex of Manyo Culture in Asuka Village
Specializing in Manyoshu, Japan’s oldest existing collection of poetry, this museum showcases Nara’s history and culture often reflected in Manyoshu. Manyoshu is considered to be the linguistic heritage of the Japanese language, and Nara is the major topic described in the collection.
http://www.manyo.jp/index.html (Japanese only)
Nara Museum of Folklore
The museum displays people’s lifestyle unique to Nara. The collection consists of some 42,000 items of tools, Machiya-style houses (the equivalent of townhouses), and showcases Nara’s indigenous natural beauty, including unique flowers and plants from different seasons.
http://www.pref.nara.jp/bunkak/minpaku/ (Japanese only)
The Museum, Archaeological Institute of Kashihara
The institute of Kashihara is the largest and oldest archaeological institute in the country, and specializes in items from the 1938 excavation of Fujinoki Burial Mound. The excavation found two bodies of nobility, as well as jewelry, gold pieces and many highly engineered tools that reflect ancient Japan’s historic background.
In 2010, Nara will be proud to celebrate the 1,300th anniversary of the completion of the very first capital of Japan.
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Nori Akashi, Public Relations Manager
Japan National Tourist Organization
One Rockefeller Plaza, Suite 1250, New York, NY 10020
Tel: 212-757-5641, Ex.19