The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures, Tokyo

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Travel through the Nara and early Heian periods of Japanese history at The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures. The gallery's refined and minimalist structure instills calm in every visitor, which was exactly the intention of its creator--the acclaimed Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi. As you approach the asymmetrical main facade, you'll see its reflection in a shallow pool of water. The gallery building was completed in 1999 to serve as the space for nearly 300 valuable pieces of Buddhist art and culture donated by Horyuji Temple in Nara, including gigaku masks, gilt bronze statues, calligraphy, painting, and textiles. A digital archive on the second floor contains explanations in Japanese, Chinese, Korean, English, French, and German. Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Tokyo fast, fun, and easy.
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  • This is part of the National Museum complex. The building was opened in 1999. It holds over 300 exhibits which are beautiful. They all come from the Horyuji temple in 1878. Worth a visit. There is a.....  more
    This is part of the National Museum complex. The building was opened in 1999. It holds over 300 exhibits which are beautiful. They all come from the Horyuji temple in 1878. Worth a visit. There is a.....  more »
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  • Interesting, but after seeing so many buddhist artifacts in the main gallery, it feels a little like more of the same. I am no expert though. This gallery is beautiful and modern, and less overwhelming like the others in terms of quantity of objects.
  • A few people visit here. Very quiet place. These treasures are japanese Heritage.

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