Nearby Attractions



The Shōsō-in is an eighth-century repository located in a quiet area to the northeast of the Great Buddha Hall of the Tōdai-ji Temple. This area was originally the precinct of the Tōdai-ji and was surrounded by an earthen wall.
Built as a log storehouse called Azekura, it houses a large number of objects connected to Emperor Shōmu that Empress Kōmyō donated to the Great Buddha after the Emperor’s death; including objects dedicated to the Consecration Ceremony of the Great Buddha. These treasures reflect the court’s culture and represent an extraordinary inheritance of that rich and cosmopolitan period in Japan. The treasures were transferred to the new humidity-controlled storage buildings in 1962 to ensure their long-term preservation.

Every year, selected treasures are exhibited in the Nara National Museum for the annual Exhibition of Shōsō-in Treasures, usually held for roughly two weeks from the end of October through the beginning of November. The original Shōsō-in treasure house is open for public viewing during this time and at other times of the year. It is usually open from Monday to Friday, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, except on holidays and over the New Year’s vacation.

Tōdai-ji TempleShōsō-inKōfuku-ji TempleKasuga ShrineShinyakushi-ji Temple
Byakugō-ji TempleGangō-ji TempleHimuro ShrineNara Palace SiteMt. WakakusaNara Park