Naramachi Museum

Description: 

Naramachi in Nara city is compared with a earthenware pot, simply and plain but cooking some of the most perfect dishes. Staying different from other outstanding tourist attractions with widely known landscape or food, or even far from brilliant religious spots around Nara city, the ancient town keeps many little things in secret. Naramachi Museum is one among them, a private museum built in about 1985. What to say about this museum, in the context of hundred impressive, special and unique museums around Japan, we have to agree that this is a small and little known unit. However, this does not mean that it is usual and not worth your time to visit.

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Source: Naramachi Museum

So now, imagine that you are in town an finding the way leading to Naramachi museum, ready to take tranquil and deserted streets which have no sense of tourism but some kind of only locals or experts in traveling know. And when you are absorbed in thought in a familiar image of a museum packed in a tall bricked wall, you suddenly stop in front of the brown wooden billboard written Naramachi Museum by smooth Japanese characters, also stopping at your edge of imagination. The brown board leans toward like an old man lowering his head to looking down at you and saying in a wide open smile: welcome to our museum! Now you are falling into the valley of extraodinary. Naramachi is absolutely a strange and unique museum which can touch both the sciential or romantic hearts by such the little items and special concept.

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Source: Naramachi Museum

In your very first look, you must have a feeling of a restaurant, a traditional Japanese restaurant. With the popular wooden structure with short fences scattered in front, a close gate hanging pretty lanterns like a temple gate and even an ancient pedicab right at the gate, the definition of museum is about to lose its shape in your mind. Whatever, the most eye catching detail should be the strange kind of ornament hanging along the eaves. If you pay a little attention, you can realize that this ornament are hung popularly around the town, just some sort of traditional decoration here, called Migawari-zaru.

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Source: Naramachi Museum

Actually, it is a doll of a monkey in red cloth, just as the locals explain, because it is hard to see the figure of a monkey at the first sight. Its arms and legs are tied up at the end holding a small white face. Japanese consider Migawari-zaru as the oldest good luck charms which can keep you safe from illness or bad luck and Naramachi Museum is called the monley museum as you can see the popularity of this doll in every nooks and crannies of the museum, they appear in different sizes and forms, from a big single one to a string of tiny ones. Some ones even have fade clothes as they have been here for a long time. Naramachi museum is a funny little corner where exhibits are not arranged in any order but they break the rule to create an unexpected jumble. Do not forget the visit the small souvenir inside the museum to get some amazing little things.

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Source: Naramachi Museum

Open time: 

From 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Admission: 

Freely access

How to access: 
Take a 15 minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station on Kintetsu Nara Line