Naramachi Museum
Naramachi Museum
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Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Naramachi Museum exhibits various tools, signboards and other items used in the Edo and Meiji Periods. The owner of this museum is Mr. Tetsuro Minami, whose ancestor started mosquito net manufacturing business in 1907 in Naramachi. Many of the exhibited items were found in the old storehouse of his family or in their neighbors’ and friends’ houses. He and his father collected them with great care and efforts. They have altered part of their private residence to exhibit their collections. The museum is open to the public for free.
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Klaatu2013
Oslo, Norway17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Solo
A small museum with huge passion. A rather eclectic collection of things from old Nara. Felt refreshing after visiting the more obvious sites with the crowds. Spent maybe 30-45 mins in there and I found it rewarding.
Written 9 August 2018
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WilliamWillieWilson
Nashville, TN1,385 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
Deep within the maze of narrow streets in the old town of Nara, Japan, lies the historically-significant NaraMachi Museum (Japanese for Nara town). Thankfully, we had a private guide and native of Nara to help us find it, or we may have never even tried.

And after treks through some of the most famous museums in the country of Japan, this one really caught my attention despite its miniscule size. First, it's free, so why wouldn't you stop by? Second, it's quiet and you'll have it all to yourself without the uncomfortable crowds of the more popular attractions.

Within these walls, inside the home of Tetsuro Minami, a museum has been created to record the history of the town of Nara, once the capital of Japan in ancient times. Dozens of street signs dating as far back as the 1600s adorn the walls, once signifying the goods that were sold in local shops. Statues, implements, and even a mosquito net exemplifying the business that Mr. Minami founded are all on display. An English brochure is also available for your perusal.

If you want something off the beaten path in Nara, this is it!
Written 11 July 2018
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Aeris S
Adelaide, Australia42 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Couples
This museum had quite a collection of Jap items related to the town. Unfortunately all explanations (at the time of visit) were in Jap only. However, there was a very nice exhibition of cat photos by a local photographer.
Written 9 August 2016
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Ulrich K
Walhorn, Liege, Belgium37 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
Obviously, someone has saved old things before they were thrown away and made a little museum. Gives you a good idea of the time a century ago. Inside there is even a little "active" shrine, at least some of the visitors were praying there.
Written 17 May 2016
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vwangny
New York City, NY21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Friends
Smaller than expected but very fun.

Included in the collection are the biggest plate in Japan (used to be for serving food to 100 people at an annual festival!), very old advertising placards used by old stores (my favorite part of the exhibition), as well as buy the red charms you will find hanging in front of many of the stores in the area and make a special wish.
Written 3 December 2015
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asdaSap
Bangkok, Thailand624 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Friends
We were recommended by a friend to stroll around Naramachi area. After wandering with no direction, we noticed red and white mobiles hanging from the edge of the roof in front of houses. Then, there was an open house with lots of these red and white mobile. We stepped in just to ask the meaning of the mobiles without knowing that we already arrived at the Nara Machi museum. The lady at the museum explained that people wrote wishes on the mobile and pat it everyday, so wishes would come true. Then we were offered to take photo wearing Kimono together. We had a lot of fun taking photo with artifacts displayed in the museum.
Written 21 March 2015
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Tawny12
Singapore, Singapore81 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Friends
This museum was near the traditional lattice house which we visited a few streets away. There is a large collection of artifacts from Nara and an interesting displays of the red monkey charms which are supposed to ward off evil.

Good place to stop by if you're on the way!
Written 1 November 2014
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Wendy T
New Egypt, NJ267 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Couples
This is an old merchant's house which one can explore from top to bottom. It is located in the oldest part of the city, where a number of merchants still live.
There is no fee.
A lady sits in the front who will show you the features of the home as well as showing how simply but functionally rooms can be transformed from one activity to another.
When my husband and I were there, a couple visiting from China, came in and were both dressed in Kimonos. They posed for some photos. It made the experience even more authentic.

I later learned that anyone can rent kimonos for a day for about $40 dollars. There is a covered arcade which leads to Old Town, and a shop who rents them to both men and women.
They will also do your make up and hair for a bit more.
Written 9 May 2014
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西村明
Kyoto, Japan8,960 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
The Naramachi Museum opened in 1984. There is no admission fee, and this is inside the grounds of Gangoji Temple. Photography is allowed here.
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Written 28 January 2024
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