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Nara National Museum
The Nara National Museum primarily features Japanese Buddhist Art and Artifacts. It was built in 1889 and still uses its original building. The newer wing connects via an underground passage. The permanent collection includes various Buddhist statues, paintings, scrolls, and ceremonial objects. The Museum focuses on the collection and preservation of Buddhist artifacts as these were vital in Japanese art. It boasts artifacts from the Asuka, Nara, Heian, and Kamakura periods. There are different exhibits held throughout the year and different events during specific days of the week. So if you plan on seeing a specific event or exhibit, you can check their website here.Art
A pleasant experience was also the visit to the Ueno Zoo. The park is large and the animals are mostly kept in spacious and clean pens. I was lucky to see the two resident pandas up close just when they were eating their daily batch of bamboo. The ice bears were in an active mood too, running around and chasing each other around their coop. If you like watching animals, I definitely recommend to visit this zoo. Kamakura If you have more days in Tokyo, it’s a good idea to make a day trip to Kamakura. Kamakura is a smaller town with many charming temples. You can get there by train from Tokyo, which will take about an hour. The main attraction is the giant buddha statue and many charming temples, which can remind you of a smaller Kyoto. Here you can also satisfy your craving for sea and the beach. However, when we visited at the end of May the beach looked really uninviting. The yellow sand was covered in seaweed and various trash washed ashore from the sea. Maybe they clean it up in summer once the season begins, but for us the only beach we visited in Japan was really disappointing.nora-butvinova
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