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Special Exhibition of

The National Treasure Illustrated Scrolls of the Legends of Shigisan:
Treasures of Chōgosonshiji Temple and Faith in Bishamontennō

 Shigisan Chōgosonshiji Temple is located on ground sacred to Bishamontennō, and the temple is said to have been built by Shōtoku Taishi. The National Treasure Illustrated Scrolls of the Legends of Shigisan, created in this spiritual milieu, is counted as one the three greatest illustrated scrolls in Japan. This set of scrolls is also recognized as a masterpiece of Heian-era painting. This exhibition is the first time in history that every scene from the three scrolls of this fascinating National Treasure will be on display throughout the duration of an exhibition. In addition, through the display of various treasures preserved at Chōgosonshiji, visitors will be able to feel the impact of the charm of the visual and plastic arts that were born out of faith in Shigisan’s Bishamontennō.

<em>Nigatsudō engi</em> (Karmic origins of the Nigatsudō)

The Rich Man of Yamazaki
National Treasure Illustrated Scrolls of the Legends of Shigisan,
Chōgosonshiji temple, Nara


April 9 (Sat.) - May 22 (Sun.), 2016


New wing of the Nara National Museum


Mondays (with the exception of May 2)

Open hours

9:30 AM-5:00 PM
* (Last admission 4:30 PM)

Special extended hours

On Fridays (with the exception of April 15 and April 22),
open until 7:00 pm (last admission 6:30 PM)


Individual Advance Ticket / Group
General Admission ¥1,300 ¥1,100
College/ High School Students ¥900 ¥700
Junior High/ Elementary School Students ¥500 ¥300
Campus members ¥400

* Special Exhibition tickets proride admission to the Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall. The exhibits in the Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall will be on view from the holiday Friday April 29.
* A group must consist of at least 20 people led by a group leader.
* Advance tickets will be on sale from March 1 (Tuesday) through April 8 (Friday). Same-day tickets will be available from April 9 (Saturday) through May 22 (Sunday). Tickets are on sale at the following locations. Ticket counter of Nara National Museum, Kintetsu Travel Information Desk, Kinki Nippon Tourist, JR TOKAI TOURS, NIPPON TRAVEL AGRNCY Co., LTD, Lawson Ticket [L-Code 55781], Seven-Eleven Ticket (http://7tickets.jp), Ticket PIA [P-code 767-287], E-Plus (http://eplus.jp).
Tickets purchased under certain agencies have an additional fee.
* Free of charge entry to disabled certificate holders and an accompanying caretaker (upon presenting the certificate).

Works on display

78 works
* National Treasure : 8 works
* Important Cultural Property : 16 works
>List of Exhibit [PDF,1.6MB]
>See some works (Japanese page)


*Japanese page (here)


Nara National Museum, The head temple Chōgosonshiji, The Yomiuri Shimbun

Additional Supporters

Agency for Cultural Affairs, Tokyo University of the Arts, NHK Nara Broadcasting Station, Nara Television Co., Ltd.

Corporate Sponsors

Iwatani Corporation, Non-Destructive Inspection Co., Ltd.

In cooperation with: Shigisan Tourist Foundation, Nippon Kōdō Co., Ltd., Bukkyo Bijutsu Kyōkai (Buddhist Art Foundation)