Special Exhibition

Special Exhibition

Temple of Great Peace
The World of Daianji and Buddhist Art in Ancient Nara

Daianji traces its origins back through its predecessors to the first temple to be established at the behest of an emperor on the Japanese archipelago. Its expansive grounds and extensive halls were truly a sight to behold among the institutions of the ancient capital of Heijō during the Nara period (710–794). At that time, it was counted among the Seven Great Temples of Nanto, the southern capital, along with Tōdaiji and Kōfukuji. For much of its history, it was the foremost temple in the realm. Nearly a thousand priests from this country and abroad studied at Daianji, many of whom went on to important activities and accomplishments in various fields. Daianji was a profoundly influential institution at the center of Buddhist practice and learning in its time. This exhibition presents Daianji’s world, reconstructing the temple’s history and bringing to life its significance through temple treasures, works of art related to its context, and findings from excavations. 

Important Cultural Property | Yōryū Kannon (Skt. Avalokiteśvara)
(Daianji Temple, Nara)


Saturday, April 23rd to Sunday, June 19th, 2022 (Reiwa 4)
The museum is closed on Mondays, with the exception of May 2nd.

Museum Hours

9:30 a.m. –5:00 p.m.

From Friday, April 29 to Saturday, May 7, hours are extended to 7:00 pm.
Last entry is thirty minutes before closing.


The East Wing and West Wing, Nara National Museum


Same-day TicketsAdvance-purchase ticket
General Admission1,800 yen1,600 yen
High School and University Students 1,500 yen 1,300 yen
Elementary and Junior High School Students800 yen600 yen


Nara National Museum, Nikkei Inc., Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) Nara Station, NHK Enterprises, INC. Kinki

With the Special Cooperation of:

Daianji Temple

With Special Support from:

NAKAGAWA MASASHICHI SHOTEN, NARA TSUTAYA BOOKS, Nippon Kodo Co., Ltd., Bukkyō Bijutsu Kyōkai (Buddhist Art Foundation).

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