The Nara National Museum is one of the pre-eminent national art museums in Japan.
The Nara National Museum is located in Nara, which was the capital of Japan from 710 to 784. Katayama Tkuma (18541917) designed the original building, which is a representative Western-style building of the Meiji period and has been designated an Important Cultural Property in Japan. Junz Yoshimura (19081997) designed a supplemental building in 1973. In the museum's collection are a 12th-century Hell scroll, the late 11th or 12th-century mandala Jôdo mandara-zu, and the 9th-century seated sculpture of the Buddha Yakushi.