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Sacred Treasures from Ancient Nara:
The Eleven-Headed Kannon of Shōrinji Temple

The renowned Tempyō era Standing Eleven-Headed Kannon Bosatsu (Ekadasamukha), enshrined at Shōrinji Temple in Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture, is a masterpiece of Japanese sculpture. Until the Edo period, this sculpture was the central object of worship at Daigorinji Temple (formerly known as Ōmiwadera) located within Ōmiwa Shrine. Even today Ōmiwa Shrine continues as a place for nature worship, focusing on Mount Miwa as its central deity. This exhibition presents approximately thirty items, including Buddhist sculptures transferred from Daigorinji Temple in 1868 (Meiji 1) when the Meiji government decreed the separation of Buddhism and Shinto, along with items excavated from the sacred restricted area of Mount Miwa that tell of the nature worship conducted at Ōmiwa Shrine.

TOKYO Venue

Period

June 22 – September 12, 2021

Venue

Honkan Room T5, Tokyo National Museum (Ueno Park)

13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 110-8712, Japan

Hours

9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • * Last entry is 30 minutes before the museum closes.

Closed

Mondays (Except for August 9)

Organizers

Tokyo National Museum, The Yomiuri Shimbun, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan Arts Council

With the Special Sponsorship of

Canon Inc., East Japan Railway Company, JAPAN TOBACCO INC., Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd., MITSUBISHI ESTATE CO., LTD., Meiji Holdings Co., Ltd.

With the Sponsorship of

SHIMIZU CORPORATION, Takashimaya Co., Ltd., TAKENAKA CORPORATION, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporation

General Inquiries

050-5541-8600 (Hello Dial)

Tokyo National Museum (map)

Tokyo National Museum

13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 110-8712, Japan


  • 10 minutes' walk from JR Ueno Station (Park exit) and Uguisudani Station
  • 15 minutes' walk from Keisei Ueno Station, Tokyo Metro Ueno Station and Tokyo Metro Nezu Station

Admission

 

Adults

University students

High school students

Reservation Tickets

1,400yen

700yen

400yen

Same-day Tickets

1,500yen

800yen

500yen


  • * Junior high school students and under: Free

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A limited number of tickets for same-day viewing are also available for purchase at the exhibition venue without a reservation. However, they may be sold out at the time of your visit.

  • * All visitors must make an online reservation. Museum members and other pass holders along with visitors with disabilities who are eligible for free admission must also make an online reservation.
  • * Persons with disabilities are admitted free with one accompanying person each (please present an ID at the ticket booth).
  • * Special exhibition tickets are package tickets that include admission to the regular exhibitions on the date of entry. Regular Exhibitions do not require an advance reservation to enter. However, the number of visitors allowed inside the building at the same time is restricted.
  • * The Special Exhibition "The 1400th Memorial for Prince Shōtoku HŌRYŪJI Prince Shōtoku and Treasures of Early Buddhist Faith in Japan" requires a separate admission fee, and reservations must be made online to view this exhibition.

NARA Venue

Period

February 5 – March 27, 2022

Venue

Nara National Museum

50 Noboriōji-chō, Nara city, 630-8213, Japan

Hours

9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • * On Saturdays, hours are extended to 7:00 p.m.
  • * Last entry is 30 minutes before the museum closes.

Closed

February 7, 21, 28, March 22

Organizers

Nara National Museum, The Yomiuri Shimbun, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan Arts Council

With the Special Sponsorship of

Canon Inc., East Japan Railway Company, JAPAN TOBACCO INC., Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd., MITSUBISHI ESTATE CO., LTD., Meiji Holdings Co., Ltd.

With the Sponsorship of

SHIMIZU CORPORATION, Takashimaya Co., Ltd., TAKENAKA CORPORATION, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporatio

With the Cooperation of

Nippon Kodo Co., Ltd., Bukkyo Bijutsu Kyōkai (Buddhist Art Foundation)

Nara National Museum (map)

Nara National Museum

50 Noboriōji-chō, Nara city, 630-8213, Japan


  • From Kintetsu Nara Station, walk eastward for roughly 15 minutes along Noboriōji Street.
  • Board the City Loop Bus (No.2) from JR Nara Station or Kintetsu Nara Station, and alight at the Himuro Jinja & Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan bus stop.