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Naritasan Calligraphy Museum

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Address: 640, Narita, Narita 286-0023, Chiba Prefecture
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+81 476-24-0774

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For Calligraphy Enthusiasts Who Know Japanese

We stumbled on this museum while walking through the huge park behind the Naritasan Shinshoji Temple complex in Narita. During our visit, there was no information in English and... read more

Reviewed 20 October 2015
Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

Located in the temple grounds this is a place you can easily miss. We chose to go in for the air conditioning to be honest and had a nice 30-minute visit. Wonderful art related to written language on artifacts and other pieces that had no apparent connection to calligraphy. About $5 each. Bilingual signage would improve the exhibit for nonJapanese... More 

Thank Hylocichla
Reading, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 February 2016

We were impressed with the number of young Japanese people coming to practice the art of calligraphy

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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 20 October 2015

We stumbled on this museum while walking through the huge park behind the Naritasan Shinshoji Temple complex in Narita. During our visit, there was no information in English and only one employee we interacted with could communicate in English, at an extremely basic level. No tours were scheduled, though there must be some here, based on a recent TA review.... More 

Thank Rumples
Biddeford, Maine
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Reviewed 24 June 2015

The large calligraphy scrolls are wonders to look at. The lack of English signs made it a little hard to appreciate, although that might just focus one more on the scrolls. Entrance fee seems a bit pricey.

Thank Joel S
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Reviewed 9 March 2015

I wish I could learn how they make these amazing scripts. Its so beautiful. They explain to you what everything means and show you how they execute it. Really neat place to visit. Also great gift shop.

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Reviewed 14 June 2014

This museum is part of the space surrounding the Naritasan temple complex. Admission was free when I went, because of a special exhibition. The displays are old, antique, beautiful, and wonderful. However, I wish I had taken a Japanese friend with me to tell me what I was looking at. I can appreciate (and honor) the Japanese heritage and pride... More 

Thank Hylocichla
Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 23 February 2014

This place is spacious but with very limited items to show inside. The museum charges a few hundred yen for admission but still we don't think it was worth it.

Thank HK_WLee
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Reviewed 21 September 2013

The calligraphy museum houses a rare collection of calligraphic works dating from the Edo period to the current time. Kobo Daishi, the founder of Shingon Buddhism, is often referred to as the father of Japanese calligraphy and loosely compare with Leonardo da Vinci in the scope of his accomplishments. Calligraphy is a vital part of Shingon Buddhism and is both... More 

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Reviewed 31 December 2012

My wonderful wife is a Master of Japanese Calligraphy and therefor it was a must to visit this museum while we were stranded by a cancelled flight at Narita. We enjoyed the displays tremendously, the lack of English descriptions and translations is noteworthy but was not a deterrent for us. For the seriously interested in Japanese Calligraphy this is a... More 

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Reviewed 12 January 2012

Not much in the way of English spoken or written here. had to pay to put our bags in a locker, but had difficulty getting change from the attendants. very hard to work out what it is your looking at , as there is no English translations.

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