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The Museum Fits in with its Neighboring Environment

The building of the Irie Taikichi Memorial Museum of Photography Nara City was designed by a world-famous architect, KUROKAWA Kisho, and opened in 1992. The site is located in a historical area, next to Shinyakushi-ji Temple, founded in 747 in the Nara Period. Most of its space, including the galleries, is buried underground in an attempt to harmonize the museum building with its historical surroundings. The roof is covered with Kawara tiles (Japanese traditional tiles), and the exterior walls are made of glass. Therefore, it does not clash with the image of the ancient capital, Nara, and the Kawara tiled roof looks as if it is floating on air.

  • Address

    600-1 Takabatake-cho, Nara City 630-8301
    TEL:0742-22-9811 FAX:0742-22-9722

  • Museum Hours

    9:30-17:00 (Last entry 16:30)
    *On second and forth Saturdays, starting at 2 p.m., a curator gives an explanation of displays.

  • Museum Collection
    • All photographic works by IRIE Taikichi (200 original prints, about 80,000 original films and glass plate negatives), IRIE’s favorite items, IRIE’s own collection
    • 1,025 glass plate negatives by KUDO Risaburo (They were designated as a national tangible cultural property in 2008.) Pictorial book Nihon Seika (11 volumes in total, first issued in 1908) by KUDO, etc.
    • 100 original prints of the series Shiki Hyakuju-no Uta by TSUDA Yoho
    • Ceramic wall “Kasei” by SUGIMOTO Kenkichi
    • ormative art “Suien” by HASUDA Shugoro
    • The museum building was designed by KUROKAWA Kisho.
  • Closing Days
    • Monday (except when Monday falls on a holiday, in which case the museum is open, but closed on the following day)
    • The day following a national holiday
    • Periods during changes of exhibit (It varies by program. Please inquire.)
    • Year-end and New Year’s holidays (27th December – 3rd January)
  • Admission Fee
    Adults 500yen
    High School and University Students 200yen (Free for High School students on Saturdays)
    Elementary and Junior High School Students 100yen (Free on Saturdays)
    Residents of Nara City aged 70 years or older Free
    Visitors with a Physical Disability Certificate, Rehabilitation Certificate, or Mental Health and Welfare Certificate and his or her caretaker Free (Please show ID)
    Group of 20 people or more 20% Discount
  • Parking
    • 100 meters south of the museum
    • One-hour free parking is available. After one hour, it costs 300 yen per an hour, up to 900 yen.
    • Free for visitors with a Physical Disability Certificate, Rehabilitation Certificate, Mental Health and Welfare Certificate (Only for those visiting the museum. Please show ID at the information desk).
    • Parking is available from 9:20 to 17:10.
    • Last parking entry at 16:30. It is not available when the museum is closed.
    • Capacity: 39 cars
    • Not available for cars with a height of 2.3 meters or more.