The Archaeological Institute of Kashihara and Mount Unebi in the background

The Archaeological Institute of Kashihara (奈良県立橿原考古学研究所, Narakenritsu Kashihara Kōkogaku Kenkyūsho) was established by the prefectural government of Nara to study and safeguard the many archaeological sites found within the prefecture. For instance, the institute was involved in the excavation of the Takamatsuzuka Tomb in the 1970s. Located at the base of Mount Unebi, one of the three Yamato mountains, the institute has opened a museum to the public.

The Institute's museum has three main exhibition rooms. The first room covers the Jomon Period (13,000 BC to 300 BC) and the Yayoi Period (300 BC to 300 AD), the second room covers the Kofun Period (300-538), and the third room covers a large stretch of time from the Asuka Period (538-710) to the Muromachi Period (1338-1573). The museum displays a number of informative maps and dioramas in addition to the archaeological artefacts.

Access

The Archaeological Institute of Kashihara is located a five minute walk from Unebigoryo-mae Station. The museum can also be reached in a 15 minute walk or five minute bicycle ride from Kashiharajingu-mae Station.

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Hours & Fees

Hours

9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)

Closed

Mondays (or following day if Monday is a national holiday), December 28 to January 4 and irregular closing days for maintenance

Admission

Free admission for foreign tourists during regular exhibitions; 400 yen for others. Different fees apply during special exhibitions.

English

Moderate
Page last updated: March 3, 2017