Naramachi Museum

Naramachi Museum (Shiryokan)
Free Admission: Naramachi Museum (Shiryokan) , Sites of original Main Hall of Gangoji temple

Naramachi Museum, KOSHIN-SAN

漢字(Kanji)Chinese Charater奈良町資料館
ローマ字Roma-jiNaramachi Shiryokan

Naramachi Museum:

In Nara period, the main hall of Gango-ji Temple, one of Nanto Shichidaiji (South Capital Seven Great Temples) was built here, but it was destroyed by fire in 1451. After that, people began to live on this site and prospered as Naramachi. This museum exhibits a large number of tools for people’s lives from that time to the Meiji era, as well as signboards for shops used by shops and craftsmen.

Entrance, Big Migawari-zaru with “Reiwa era 令和” and Togenuki Kannon

Kissho-Tennyo 吉祥天女 & Naramachi Jizo ならまち地蔵さん

Kissho-Tennyo is a heavenly maiden of Buddhism, brings the good fortune and good matchmaking.
Jizo is the guardian deity who protect the kids and travelers.

Shop Signboards used in the Edo-Meiji Period in Naramachi
Shop Signboards used in the Edo-Meiji Period in Naramachi

KOSHIN-SAN – Migawari Zaru

Migawari-zaru – Red cloth monkey dolls

Migawari – Zaru literally means “Sacrificed Monkey” instead of you. These red cloth monkey dolls are considered divine messengers of “KOSHIN-SAN”. If you wear these red monkeys as a good-luck charm. They will sacrifice themselves to protect you from illness and accidents. You can also hang them at the doorway of your house with your wish written on their curled backs.

Shomen-Kongo known as Koshin-san

Koshin(庚申)beliefs was originated from Chinese Taoism and Japanese local beliefs. “Shomen-Kongo” commonly known as “KOSHIN-SAN” is a wooden colored sculpture with 6 arms, one of the right hand has a sword and left hand grasps the hair of prayer. Its got a furious face, angry eyes and wide open mouth.

Naramachi Koshindo Hall

Koshin-do | Nara Travelers Guide

Official English brochure


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