Lower Level Passageway
The 150m-long passageway was built in 1997, and it connects the Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall, the new Wings. It is open to the public and is accessible from the Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall, the new Wings, and also from directly outside the museum buildings.
A museum shop and a restaurant are situated in the lower level passageway. The museum shop sells original museum merchandise as well as a large collection of books on art and history.
The open space near the Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall displays models of Buddha statues and photo panels introducing Buddhist art to visitors in a more amiable fashion.